Peter Odemwingie’s reintegration into the West Brom squad will be rocky but not impossible.
West Brom players have already been having a joke at Peter Odemwingie’s expense, hanging a QPR shirt with his name on it where he normally changes in the dressing room.
Make what you will of his recent actions and behaviour but the point remains, he’s still a West Brom player and everyone has to switch on for the second half of the season.
Odemwingie faces a difficult reintegration period back into the dressing room but West Brom are a professional club with professional players, so they will get over his apparent betrayal of trying to force a move to QPR last month.
He will not have such an easy time winning the fans back on side but this can be resolved through playing out of his skin and scoring a few goals, which could in turn net him an even bigger move this summer.
If Odemwingie is feeling a little nervous about his current situation, all he has to do is look at the recent Kevin Pietersen and England saga whether he’s interested in cricket or not.
KP sent texts to an opposition side about certain players in the England team. He was found out, punished, apologised, reintegrated and it’s now like he’s never been away and the same could happen for Odemwingie.
There’s no doubt he set himself up for a big fall and there’s no doubt that he will be the butt of jokes from teammates and verbal abuse from the fans for the rest of the season.
However, he should be confident that he is not going to be excluded from the West Brom dressing room or shunned by people who are still his friends.
If he’s open and honest about the whole incident, as KP was, then the effect of teammates taking the mickey out of him or playing practical jokes will soon wear off if they know he’s sorry about the way he went about transfer deadline day.
At the moment he’s on apparent gardening leave while West Brom sort out internally just what happened, which forced him to jump into his care and head off to Loftus Road.
That doesn’t mean he can’t start getting back into the good books of his teammates with personal apologies, if he feels it’s necessary, and generally explaining himself.
Move on, look forward to the rest of the season.
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