Odemwingie: The choice of Steve Clarke to coach West Brom was the right one

The Nigeria international says that if they are still in the top five in the league by January then they will believe for a European slot

West Brom are enjoying one of their most successful seasons in the Premier League and it could all be down to their new manager, Steve Clarke, who succeeded Roy Hodgson, who left to manage the England national team.

Peter Odemwingie certainly believes that to be the case as the new manager has had good tutelage under the likes of Jose Mourinho and Kenny Dalglish.

“We had a bright start but the challenge was to be able to maintain it and now we are in November and we are still playing well,” said Odemwingie to Eurosports.

“Working with big coaches has made him [Clarke] a good manager. We play a lot with the ball as he encourages us to play and not to rush, being scared to play.”

For this reason, West Brom have increased the number of passes and their completion rate for the season and for the club which last won the league in 1920, another league triumph is not the goal but an European place will be a very good season.

Oemwingie has scored four goals this season and has entered double digits in goals in his last two seasons where he scored 25 goals in the league.

The Nigerian is now hoping for a Christmas present and that is scoring a lot of goals in December to help keep West Brom in the upper echelons of the league and to achieve the dream of playing in Europe next season.

Meanwhile Odemwingie has indicated that he wants to be part of the Super Eagles team that will try to win the Africa Cup of Nations next year. He is looking forward to the South Africa tournament and hopes to play against his West Brom team mate, Youssouf Mulumbu, who will represent Congo DR.

“I have told him that it will be different if we meet at the Nations Cup in January,” he added.