Have West Brom made a £10m mistake over World Cup striker?

West Brom - The Hawthorns

West Brom forked out £10m for Brown Ideye this summer, but the Nigerian hasn't made an impact.

When West Bromwich Albion chose to appoint Alan Irvine as their new manager in June, many people were bemused at the arrival of a coach whose only jobs had been with Preston and Sheffield Wednesday - and he'd been sacked by both.

Irvine, who had been working with the Everton youth team, brought in a whole raft of new players to the Hawthorns. In came the likes of Christian Gamboa, Andre Wisdom, Joleon Lescott, Sebastian Pocognoli, Jason Davidson, Craig Gardner, Sebastian Blanco, Silvestre Varela, Giorgios Samaras and Brown Ideye, and after a tough start, the Baggies are slowly but surely improving.

However, one of those new signings has yet to make an impact in the West Midlands. Striker Ideye, 26, impressed during his time in Ukraine with Dynamo Kiev, hitting 33 goals in just 74 games before making a whopping £10m move to West Brom - where manager Irvine admitted he'd never actually seen him play.

So far, Brown has scored just one goal - in a Capital One Cup tie against Hull City - and was left out of the squad entirely last weekend as the Baggies beat Leicester 1-0.

The Nigerian international wasn't injured, it was just that Irvine preferred to have Victor Anichebe and Samaras on the bench instead - leading to reports that Brown could leave the club not long after arriving, but Irvine says he will speak to the player if he is unhappy.

"The way that we do it is I say to any player 'If you want to come in on Monday, come in on Monday'," he said. "But when the team's named and the subs are named they have to accept that, respect the rest of the players and then come back in later if they want to have a chat.

"I might have a chat with him if he feels he needs to have a chat, but if he doesn't then I won't be calling him in," added Irvine.

The great start to the season from Saido Berahino has a large part to play in Ideye's underwhelming start to life at The Hawthorns, but having paid £10m for him, Baggies fans will have been expecting him to play a lot more.

Having played just 198 minutes in the league this season, there's reason to believe that West Brom have made an expensive blunder over Ideye - and fans may blame Irvine for sanctioning such a deal despite never having seen him play.

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