Peter Odemwingie’s first taste of English football came with West Brom, after signing from Lokomotiv Moscow in August 2010.
Starting his Premier League adventure in style, the forward netted an 81st-minute winner on his debut – the day after he signed.
Odemwingie finished his first campaign in the Premier League with 15 goals from 32 appearances – setting the bar high for the seasons to come.
The following season was not as clinical, but after recovering from an early injury, he managed to score 10 goals in 30 appearances.
The 2012/13 season proved to be Odemwingie’s last in an Albion shirt. Midway through the season, Odemwingie looked set for a move to QPR, but because no offer was reached, his transfer fell through.
The situation left Odemwingie furious with his club and he took to Twitter to share his frustrations. Key figures at West Brom condemned his actions, and then the forward saw fewer minutes on the pitch under manager Steve Clarke. Subsequently, Odemwingie grew angrier as the season progressed.
The former Albion striker spoke to Planet Football about Steve Clarke and the concluding stages of his West Brom career: “Steve Clarke came in as manager. I have a lot of respect for Steve, but he has his own managerial style and at the time it wasn’t something I liked. He often put me on the bench without saying anything, even if my last game had been fantastic. This was something new I had to deal with and I think if we had more communication maybe I’d have been less angry about it.
“He moved me out of my striking role onto the wing. In my first two seasons I’d been top scorer for a reason, because I played through the middle. I had to deal with that at the same time as being one of the players they rotated.”
After such a positive start to Premier League football, the 2012/13 campaign proved to be a big hurdle in Odemwingie’s development.
He was left a frustrated figure because of the failed transfer to QPR – in which Odemwingie turned up to the club’s training ground – and it ultimately ended up disrupting his career at The Hawthorns.
He struggled to recapture the early promise he showed with West Brom at Cardiff or Stoke, but by that time he was at the latter stages of his career.
Odemwingie was an excellent talent who proved himself in the Premier League and it was unfortunate that he did not enjoy a few more fruitful years.