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Wednesday Wonder: Taking them under his Wingie

Peter Odemwingie has been just the spark that WBA has needed.

By | 29th September 2010

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why West Brom has been playing so well this season. Look no further than the Baggies’ strike force.

The arrival of Peter Odemwingie at The Hawthorns has brought an incredible change to the club. Although it’s still early, all indications are that the Baggies won’t be sitting at the bottom of the table for the whole season.

Just six matches in, West Brom has ten points out of a possible eighteen and find themselves sitting in sixth place, ahead of teams like Tottenham and Liverpool. Don’t get too excited about their title chances just yet, Baggies fans (see Exhibit A: Hull City), but be cautiously optimistic that this is not the same club as last year.

After West Brom suffered an embarrassing 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season, they knew they needed to make some changes. On August 20th, WBA signed Peter Odemwingie away from Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee. The very next day Odemwingie was starting for his new club. Not only did he play all 90 minutes, but he scored the match-winner in the 81st minute to lift the Baggies to a 1-0 victory in front of his new home fans.

Since then, West Brom has been on a tear in all competitions having only lost one match: a 1-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield, a very respectable result. If Odemwingie can keep up his production on the pitch (three goals in five matches), and the rest of the team can come together and put together some huge results (like their 3-2 victory over Arsenal this past weekend), things will be looking mighty fine for The Hawthorns faithful.

The Nigerian (via Russia) has proven to be an incredible spark for West Brom. He may not score every match – although he does appear to – but his presence alone has given the club a boost of confidence. On Saturday, Odemwingie showed his teammates there was no reason to be intimidated by the Emirates. He scored first for the Baggies, which was the catalyst that helped put them up 3-0 by the 72nd minute. Arsenal tried to make a valiant comeback, but the damage was done. West Brom had defeated Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirates, an incredible accomplishment for the club.

Odemwingie has been a huge part of the Baggies’ success this season, and he wants this great run to continue. He understands that West Brom is not viewed as a title-contending team, but that doesn’t mean they have to get relegated.

“Every year, the team is relegated only to return. The club do not know how to explain this sad tradition, but they said it was time to change this situation. This year, the challenge is to finish as high as possible,” Odemwingie said confidently.

With confidence like that, I don’t see why WBA wouldn’t have it in them to finish middle of the table. Peter Odemwingie will be critical to the squad if that is going to happen. He has completely turned the Baggies around and that is why this week he is this week’s Premiership Talk Wednesday Wonder. Congratulations, Peter!

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