Peter Odemwingie discusses West Brom spell, says fans not to blame for anger at January 2013 deadline day events

Peter Odemwingie of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on...

The Baggies cult hero was subject to some criticism for a while after his failed January 2013 deadline day move to QPR.

Peter Odemwingie of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on...

Peter Odemwingie has spoken of his time at West Bromwich Albion, insisting that he "loved it there" and stressing the fans could not be blamed for their criticism of him in wake of his failed deadline day move to Queens Park Rangers, in an interview with Planet Football.

The now-retired Nigeria international joined the Baggies from Lokomotiv Moscow in the summer of 2010 and became a fan favourite at The Hawthorns as he hit the ground running, scoring the winner on his debut within two days of joining the club, and winning Player of the Month for the first complete month he played in England.

 

However, Odemwingie's relationship with the West Brom fans took a hit in his third season as Steve Clarke came in and utilised the forward as a squad rotation player, often deploying him on the wing instead of through the centre, and with the World Cup taking place 18 months down the line, he scouted out for first-team football elsewhere.

This culminated in the now infamous occasion during which Odemwingie was reportedly interviewed in his car outside Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road on transfer deadline day in January 2013, having driven down in the hope that an agreement could be reached.

Carlos Cuellar of Aston Villa does enough to keep Peter Odemwingie of West Bromwich Albion away from goal

However, as Junior Hoilett belatedly pulled out of a potential swap, no agreement could be reached, and for a while, Odemwingie became the subject of ridicule and criticism for what was perceived by some at the time as a move motivated by money. though his relationship with the club and fans did eventually heal.

“It was annoying to listen to West Brom fans singing that I was greedy when people inside the club knew what was going on between me and a few of my colleagues and Steve Clarke," Odemwingie told Planet Football. "They knew my ambitions and I always gave my best in games. It was a bit sad that, as they say in England, they hung me out to dry.

“It was a sad story, but most importantly my relationship with the club survived the hit. I played for them with honesty and I loved it there. I can’t forget them singing to me throughout the games. You can’t blame fans – they see, they read, they react. I could absolutely understand their anger.”

General View of The Hawthorns before the match between West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns on December 26, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

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