Appleton advice for Mulumbu

The former DR Congo international midfielder has been a revelation

in the Baggies engine room over the last 10 months, having formed

an effective defensive midfield partnership with Paul Scharner.

Appleton, a player of some note in the same position for Preston

North End and Albion, is pleased for Mulumbu but insists he is far

from the finished article. Appleton told the Express and Star:

“He’s still only 24 and, as a midfield player myself, I know it

wasn’t until the season before I got injured, when I was 27, when

all of a sudden I’d experienced playing a couple of seasons at a

decent level and realised you don’t have to run as much. “You know

where and when to make the runs because you’re a little bit more

clued up, you’re more experienced and you tend to hold your

position a little bit more. “I think he’ll do that and he’s started

to do that this year. There’s lot of areas he can improve in. Out

of possession, his skills are improving all the time. “He’s still

learning the central midfield role in terms of what the manager

wants. The two central midfielders have got a hell of a lot of

responsibility in terms of the way we play. “He’s still coming to

terms with that.”