Baggies look to secure Odemwingie
Published 08/05/2011 | 09:22
West Brom are set to offer a new contract to leading scorer Peter Odemwingie.
Odemwingie has scored 14 goals during his first season in the Barclays Premier League and played a major part in them securing top-flight status. The Barclays player of the month for April has one year remaining of his current deal plus a 12-month option.
Manager Roy Hodgson said: "I'm pretty sure the club would be prepared to discuss an extension of Peter's contract."
He added: "It would surprise me if they aren't. If that happens, it would be deserved.
"The chairman (Jeremy Peace) works here in a sensible way. He rewards success and he rewards people for doing a bit extra."
Hodgson admits Odemwingie was not his first choice striker when he arrived at the club after going through a lean spell.
He said: "I left Peter out of a couple of the early games which I suppose was never going to endear him to me.
"He wasn't scoring at the time, people were beginning to doubt his ability and that was shining through a little bit in terms of his attitude throughout.
"That's what front players are like. They are moody people. When they are scoring goals, the world is a beautiful place.
"When they stop scoring goals, everything is wrong with the world and it is everyone's fault except their own. That's the way they operate as a breed."