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Gera piles praise on Long

ZOLTAN GERA has hailed Shane Long as 'one of the best strikers in the Premier League' after his stellar start to the season.

The Hungary international believes his Baggies team-mate is the complete package - and has been particularly impressed by his work rate which has helped Steve Clarke's men to a lofty fourth in the Premier League.

The stats certainly back up his view with Long boasting four assists to his name to match his number of top-flight goals this season.

"(Long) has done fantastically, last season as well," said Gera.

"It's difficult for him and Romelu Lukaku because they are two very good strikers, who play in the same position.

"When they play they always play well and score goals.

"Longy does so much for the team.

"He can hold the ball up, score goals, and works hard for the team.

"I think he is one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

"Sometimes you see players just scoring goals but he doesn't just do that, he does so much for the team, not just himself.

"He is very important."