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Odemwingie: Is he the “signing of the season”?

Signing of the season?

For Lokomotiv Moscow fans, Peter Osaze Odemwingie moving from the Lokomotiv stadium to The Hawthorns was good riddance to bad rubbish. The Russian club’s fans celebrated the sale of Odemwingie through the use of racist banners which included the image of a banana and read “Thanks West Brom”.

Osaze had earlier disappointed many of his fans when he left Lille OSC of France for Russia. The brilliant forward who  is notable to many for his technique and pace was expected to move to a bigger league preferably the English Premier League. The 29 years old delayed the move for a further three years until he signed last summer for the West Midlands club on the eve of the 2010/11 season.

He wasted no time to make his mark in as he scored the solitary goal on his debut for West Brom in the season opener against Sunderland. He has led the attack line for The Baggies this season. His brilliant display coupled with goal in West Brom’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates last september and other impressive display was recognized as he won the Barclays Player of Month award in September 2010.

Osaze who set himself a personal target of 15 leagues goals is almost certain to meet his target as he has scored 14 times in the EPL this season. He has surpassed Robert Earnshaw 12 Premier league goal tally for the club in a single season in the Premier League. He also became the first player in West Brom’s Premier League history to score in four consecutive games when he scored against Aston Villa last weekend.

Besides his goals, his ability to hold up play, draw players to himself, his work rate and ability to bring other players into play has endeared him to the West Brom faithfuls. He also supports his team when they need to defend

West Bromwich Albion gamble on the Lokomotiv Moscow reject has paid off with his impressive performances during the course of this season and transfer rumors suggest that bigger clubs in the EPL and the Serie A are already courting the Nigerian international.

I am of the opinion that Osaze Odemwingie whose services was acquired for £1 million pounds is the signing of the season in the England even though I have to acknowledge the remarkable performance of Manchester United Mexican striker Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) who has done exceptionally well too.

Please have your say……..

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