Odemwingie: Rotation is paying dividends for Steve Clarke and West Brom

The Nigerian striker has said that though he would love to play all matches, being rotated is paying for his club

Peter Odemwinigie has played just 534 minutes for West Brom this season due to injury and a red card against Fulham but most of all because the manager, Steve Clarke has decided that West Brom’s joint highest goal scorer with four goals in nine games has to sit on the substitutes’ bench even after a very good performance.

After scoring twice against Southampton two weeks ago, he was left on the bench for the next match against Wigan and then started the last match against Chelsea, against whom he scored his fourth league goals.

Steve Clarke, West Brom’s manager has this season always used all three substitutes in every game this season.

“I wanted to play after Southampton when I scored two. I didn’t start but we won, so what can I say,” Odemwingie told the Birmingham Mail.

Odemwingie came on as a substitute for Shane Long in the match away against Wigan which the Baggies won 2-1.

“Before Saturday’s game [against Chelsea] he said he needs everyone because there will be consecutive games coming up.

“He said from the stand to the bench is not far and from the bench to the pitch isn’t far.

“He has to manage that in a long season where we’re hoping to achieve something. It’s normal that sometimes you ask questions but only the result matters.

“He is the manager and he decides what’s best,” Odemwingie concluded.

West Brom are in fourth position, a point behind Chelsea and travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland on Saturday.