Boing boing!!! Resurgent Brown Ideye completes his double with a power packed header to send the Baggies fans into football esctacy.
A quick flash-back (a month ago) at Loftus Road against Qpr, Berainho’s esquisite through ball puts Ideye clear on goal with only goalkeeper Adrian to beat. Like a player suffering from crisis of confidence, the £10m striker dragged his shot wide off the mark.
The barrage of criticism that trailed him after that disappointing performance was nothing short of astronomical, further battering his reputation as summer transfer flop of the season.
During the winter transfer window there were increasing rumours that the Baggies would offload the Nigerian International to cut their losses. With speculations rife about offers coming in from the Middle East, Albion’s 10m Record signing’s EPL sojourn was looking like it was coming to an end sooner than it even began.
To further compound Ideye’s woes, Irvine the man who bought him was fired and was replaced by steely Tony Pulis.
Charlton Cole was the man touted to replace Ideye, but a break down in the contract negotiation ended that prospect. With Anichebe Injured and Berahino having disciplinary and contract issues with the club, Tony Pulis was stuck with Ideye.
O boy, how he grabbed that second chance with both hands! First against Burnley where he grabbed a vital equaliser.Then, he bettered that return against Swansea, capping a fine performance with a goal and an assist which earned a well-deserved MOTM.
In the FA Cup quarter final tie, Ideye proved his new form was no flash in the pan. Flying with confidence high, the former Dynamo Kyiv striker was simply unplayable, linking up fine with his teammates to drag the Hammers defence ragged. At the end of the one-sided affair, Ideye was unlucky to register just a brace.
The Baggies would no doubt be relieved that record signing is beginning to justify the huge transfer fee on his head. Here is a toast to a striker who’s truly found his ID.
Article by @iamlanreban