West Bromwich Albion sent Peter Odemwingie home from training today and told him not to return until next week following his antics on a dramatic transfer deadline day.
The Baggies striker had been linked with a move to Queens Park Rangers for the majority of the January transfer window, but a deal never materialised, despite his best efforts.
Odemwingie even drove to Loftus Road with just hours of the window remaining to try and get a move to happen, but it doesn’t seem as though he was granted permission from West Brom to do this and QPR certainly weren’t expecting him to turn up.
The Nigerian made the journey fully expecting to become one of Harry Redknapp’s latest signings, but in the end, he was made to drive back to the Midlands and is sure to face a difficult few weeks now.
The player said: “I have been given a few days off and will be back in training next week.”
He met with manager Steve Clarke and others members of the board on Friday morning and it seemed as though they feel that Odemwingie needed a few days to get his head straight.
A statement from West Brom said: “After the events of the past week, the club decided it is in the best interests of all parties that Peter is not involved in Sunday’s game and he was given permission to return home.”
It was one of the strangest situations that the transfer window had seen for a while. When a player turns up at a ground, you almost assume that it is a done deal. But, Odemwingie must have been driving round West London wondering what on earth was going on.
The blame shouldn’t lie solely with the 31-year-old either as he must have been ill-advised by his agent or other representatives. Some were even left feeling a bit sorry for him as it was a move that could have secured his long-term future.
What next for Peter Odemwingie then? Well, he is still, as mentioned, a West Brom player and he is sure to play a part in the remainder of the Premier League season.
The forward insists he will still leave the club, probably before his contract expires in 18-months time. For now though, he has to be prepared to take a fair bit of stick, possibly even from the Baggies faithful, in the coming weeks.