Peter Odemwingie has shown no shame as he naughtily went about engineering a move away from West Bromwich Albion on transfer deadline day, but how will the club deal with him now he remains their player for at least the next five months?
By Rob Boulton
After publicly whoring himself for the past couple of weeks in a brazen attempt to force through a move to Queen’s Park Rangers, Peter Odemwingie and his “advisors” must be feeling rather humiliated this morning after West Brom quite rightly refused him permission to speak to the London club. Odemwingie was left looking ridiculous as he was turned away from the QPR training ground with his tail between his legs heading back to the Midlands.
After a recent twitter outburst slamming his treatment at the club, it was clear Odemwingie saw this as a golden opportunity for a big pay-day and an increase on his wages at cashpoint club QPR – but the manner in which he’s conducted himself in the situation he’s created is a disgrace and now finds himself with only one way left to turn.
How does Steve Clarke now deal with a player who blatantly wants out? More importantly, how could Odemwingie ever put on a West Brom shirt again and expect respect from either his team mates or those people on the terraces who have supported him over the past couple of years as he developed at the Hawthorns?
With 18 months of his contract left to run, and especially after his appalling behaviour, it makes no financial sense to simply terminate that deal and allow him to leave as a free agent, so I’m desperately hoping they make him train with the youth team until the summer and banish him from the stadium until he can be sold to whichever band of mercenaries feel he could improve their team or club.
Whatever he may have achieved previously at West Brom, and no matter how much his goals may have meant at the time, he has now tainted each and every one of those memories and is nothing more than a cancer at the football club now. It doesn’t take much for modern footballers to attract negative media attention, but in this case he can have nobody to blame but himself – so this is no time for tears for yet another greedy, ill-advised football player.
What would you do if Peter Odemwingie was a player at your club? Tweet us @talkingbaws or comment below. Watch out for Gino De Blasio’s blog tomorrow.