West Brom boss reveals why he is backing Brown Ideye to come good

West Brom

West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine is backing record signing Brown Ideye to start doing the business in the Premier League.

It could be argued that anyone can look good on the training ground.

The real test, at the very highest level, is transferring that form into competitive action.

It is, however, important to build confidence away from the public spotlight if performances are to be delivered when it matters.

Brown Ideye has found the going tough under the Premier League microscope, following a £10 million summer switch to West Bromwich Albion.

He is still waiting on his first top-flight goal, with his only effort in nine outings so far coming in the Capital One Cup.

The Baggies boss Alan Irvine has seen enough from the Nigeria international behind the scenes, though, to suggest that he is ready to start offering a return on the sizeable investment made in his services.

He told the club’s official website: "He went through a period where he couldn’t score for weeks in training.

"We play 11 v 11s but don’t necessarily play them on full size pitches, we play them on smaller pitches when chances should be more frequent and he couldn’t score. But now he is.

"He’s in a position where again it’s that little bit of sharpness and just him being quick enough to get into positions and be composed when he’s actually making that finish.

"Until you get that then you might be quick enough, but you’re not composed and it comes off you. He’s in a much better place. He just really wants a goal to come."

Ideye was included from the start on Saturday, as West Brom edged out derby rivals Aston Villa, and was involved in the match-winner, scored by Craig Gardner.

The challenge now is for him to start delivering himself, with the Baggies in need of a regular source of goals.

Only three sides have found the target on fewer occasions this season, which goes some way to explaining why Irvine’s men find themselves just three points clear of the relegation zone.

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