Photo: Brown Ideye back training after mixed season, sends Twitter message

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The West Brom striker had his ups and downs during his debut campaign at the Hawthorns. More to come this year?

When Brown Ideye joined West Brom, it was a big deal. As reported by the BBC among others, the Nigerian striker set the Midlands side back a club-record £10 million fee.

Sadly, Ideye failed to live up to his reputation at first. In truth, 'at first' is a bit of an understatement.

The 26-year-old failed to score for some time and looked slow and clumsy in a West Brom shirt. He later said he simply needed to get to grips with the Premier League and expressed his sympathy for boss Alan Irvine - who Ideye believes would still be in a job were it not for his poor form.

Get to grips he later did, though, enjoying fine runs of form for the Baggies. But, after he seemed to find his feet, it was still hit and miss for Ideye.

Overall, then, a mixed campaign for the West Brom man, who will no doubt be hoping for a far more stable season this term. As the above photo shows, he's back in training with Tony Pulis's side during pre-season. And 'hard work pays,' according to his Twitter message.

How much will it pay for the 26-year-old next term?

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