The West Brom manager has been praised for his handling of the Nigerian forward through his barren spell in front of goal
Peter Odemwingie, the Nigerian forward, had 15 goals in his first season in the English Premier League for West Bromwich resulting in a new contract which made him the highest earner at the club. However, the player's performances from the beginning of the season till January poor and led to a war of words between the forward and his manager.
Things are on the mend though as Odemwingie has scored five goals in his last two matches to heighten expectations at that he may yet surpass the 15 goals he got last season.
Roy Hodgson, though, has been attributed with being the spark that has re-lit the Nigerian’s form in front of goal. Odemwingie was on the end of a tongue-lashing three months ago when the manager claimed that the club had been dealt a poor deal by the increase in pay package offered to him.
“Maybe it was his psychology, I learned something from the situation,” said Odemwingie to the club’s website.
“Did it spur me on? Maybe he had something in mind when we had this, shall we say, ‘situation.' I went to see him. He said I had a lot to offer and that I shouldn't take my anger and frustration out on him.
“We needed to clear the air. But I do want to say that it was a fitness thing. I am the total opposite of a player who doesn't want to play through pain. The doctor here knows that. I love the Premier League too much to even miss a game against the lowest team. I never want to miss a match."
The striker also revealed that his mother was even checking up on him during his absence, wondering why he wasn't taking to the pitch to represent his club.
“I didn't play one week and my mum was on the phone saying: ‘What's the matter with you?’ She may be in Moscow but she watches all of West Brom's games on the national football channel. And if I'm not playing, she wants to know why!” Odemwingie added.