The ex-international has thumbed up the former Dynamo Kiev star's move to the English Premier League stating it is a testimony about his worth
By Shina Oludare
The Super Eagles striker became the fifth summer signing of the Baggies and has beat Stephane Sessegnon's 5.5 million pounds record transfer from Sunderland last year.
Akpoborie told Goal that 25-year-old's move to England will help improve his game as well as serve as encouragement to other Nigerian players who crave to play in the Premiership.
"His transfer tells a lot about his quality and a lot of things that are under the table regarding Nigeria’s squad going to the World Cup. Ideye missed out of the squad and a lot of questions will go around on why he is moving to a better club while others are staying put,” Akpoborie told Goal.
"It is a very good move for him and I hope at West Brom he will be able to show everybody the talent in him.
"Ideye now knows that he is in the eyes of all Nigerians because in every game he plays, he will be seen and judged by close to about a hundred and sixty million viewers in Nigeria.
"But at the end of the day, it boils down to pressure. He has shown in his last club that he can score goals, though the English Premier League is a little bit higher than what is obtained in Eastern Europe,” he continued.
"All the same, I think he is capable and this is the right time he needs to show that he is good enough to stake a claim in the Nigeria national team.
"It will further help improve his game and talent. Aside from this, it will serve as an encouragement to other Nigerian players trying to get into the Premiership that it can be done not just when playing for the national team but also at club level ,” he concluded.
Ideye becomes the fifth Nigerian after Ifeanyi Udeze, Kanu Nwankwo, Osaze Odemingie and Victor Anichebe to play for the West Midlands team.