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Anelka is happy to be of assistance in new role

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka intends to provide more ammunition for Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou after adapting his game into a more supporting role.

Anelka began his mission in style against West Brom on the opening day of the season by providing assists for Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda in their 6-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Two seasons ago Anelka was the top marksman in the Premier League but he scored just 15 last season as the Blues achieved a league and FA Cup double. But when it came to assists, Anelka enjoyed the best season of his career -- proof that he had changed his game from an orthodox striker.

It is a move away from the direct striker who played for Arsenal, Liverpool and Bolton in the top flight.

"At Liverpool I was only there for six months so it is difficult to judge," said Anelka.

"At Bolton I was playing up front alone and that is a different role to play in football.

"Now I like the way I am playing but I have always liked to create goals and give assists because I like to win. When you want to win, even if you don't score you want to make someone score and this is what I did last weekend. I will try to do more assists but as I say, the most important is to win games and I am sure even if I don't score, even if I don't give assists then someone else will do it."

But Anelka's move into a more supporting role in the side has also come about because of his age. At 31, the former France international realises he needed to re-assess his game.

"Players need to change how they play in their thirties and even more so in England because it is so physical and quick with a lot of contact," added Anelka ahead of this weekend's clash with Wigan. "You are not like you were when you were younger so you need to adapt your game -- and this is exactly what I want to do. I have played up front, I have played on the left, I have played on the right and I have played behind the striker as well and so I like it. I like the way I am playing now.

"I even prefer to play on the right or on the left or behind the striker. I used to be a striker but not anymore. I want to change, I want to develop the new position I have played since I have been at Chelsea.

"This is why I want to play as long as I can because I have played 10 years up front.

"Now I feel like I want to change something and with this new position I have a lot to do as well."


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