West Brom to deal with player internally
West Bromwich Albion have confirmed they will deal with striker Peter Odemwingie internally after the Nigerian’s latest controversy.
The 31-year-old took to Twitter again over the weekend to lash out at the club after manager Steve Clarke opted to again leave him on the bench.
Odemwingie tried to engineer a move to Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day in January by driving to Loftus Road without the two clubs having agreed a fee.
He also sent a series of tweets both before and after that incident criticising the club, and risked the wrath of his employers yet again by voicing his disapproval at a lack of first-team action.
Odemwingie has since deleted most of the tweets, but a Baggies spokesperson confirmed the player will be dealt with.
According to Sky Sports, a spokesperson said: “The club are aware of what Peter has said and we will deal with it internally.”
Odemwingie had said on Twitter, as reported by the broadcaster: “Keeping me on the bench now is worst than what they did to me on the 31st (of January).
“New advisors told me to say it’s all my fault cos its better for me.
“A normal team will never let a player who acted like I did come back. Why keep me still. If they like they shouldn’t even give me 10 mins to play.
“Threatening to ruin my career? Career I closed already last summer? No harm to me.
“Want to treat me like an average player. The abuse and praise I get is average? So get some extra from me too.
“I am not at peace. Took steroid injections numerous times when team needed me back quick. Commitment still in doubt.
“More reasons? Should still stay loyal? Even if it sounds childish. It’s a lot.
“People I should trust normally hold meetings. Before that I was a proper gentleman in the team and trusted everyone. I tried to leave quietly. Didn’t work.”
Odemwingie’s reputation at the Hawthorns has nose-dived since the deadline day controversy and his comments at the weekend are unlikely to have endeared him any further to the Baggies faithful.
He had been a fans’ favourite prior to this, after he scored 15 goals in his first season for the club and followed that up with 11 – including a hat-trick against fierce rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers – the following campaign.
This season he has hit the back of the net five times, but has rarely been seen as a regular starter under Clarke.