West Brom striker Brown Ideye says he never wanted Qatar move, praises Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

The Nigerian had a difficult first-season at the club. But he is pumped for a fresh campaign.

West Brom striker Brown Ideye has given a frank interview today about his time at the club, including the episode which almost saw him sold on for a loss after just six months in January.

He was seemingly on his way to Al Gharafah in Qatar, but told Naija Football 247 that he never had any intention of leaving the club for the Middle East last season.

He stated:

“It was tough. Every day I walked on the street people looked at me and said I would be going to Qatar, but some of those things toughened me.

“I never thought of leaving England to Qatar. England was always my first choice destination when I left Ukraine and I wanted to come here to perform and play football. It was never in my plans to leave for Qatar or any other league and I did not want to go.

“After Pulis came he called me into his office and asked if I really wanted to play for him and of course I said yes.

“We spoke about the club and he told me everything will be okay if I do my job well and train hard.”

The Nigerian became the club’s record signing last summer when they snapped him up from Dynamo Kiev for £10 million, as confirmed by the club's official website at the time.

But he struggled in his early days at the club. He failed to make a consistent impact at West Brom and was not playing regularly under former boss Alan Irvine.

However, since Tony Pulis took over, Ideye became a more regular feature and repaid the faith, scoring five goals in the 13 games after the Qatari deal, which was reported as practically done by The Mirror, failed to materialise.

The Nigerian has also looked sharp in pre-season and is looking like a true member of the West Brom squad for the upcoming campaign. Here’s hoping he find the net regularly in 2015-16.

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