Following his latest Twitter outburst, West Bromwich Albion’s Nigerian striker, Peter Odemwingie has gained the reputation of only making headlines for the wrong reasons.
In December, when the West Brom striker was omitted from the Nigerian squad for the recently concluded African Cup of Nations in South Africa, he immediately took to Twitter to hit out at those at the helm of affairs in Nigerian football.
On the social media site he said: “‘On my non-inclusion to the Eagles list I am not surprised. Not surprised Keshi and NFF couldn’t tell me themselves. No personality!”
In a further series of ranting tweets he blasted everyone in the Super Eagles’ set up that came to his mind-the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), the Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, the team's captain and even former Eagles coach, Samson Siaisia all because he wasn’t in the squad for the African Nations Cup- A competition the Super Eagles would go on to win in his absence.
Although, he later apologised to Nigerians for the disparaging comments he made against the NFF and Keshi claiming he was “human and open to errors”, the damage had been done. Some claimed he was a bad influence to the younger generation and should be banned from the national team forever.
Barely a month later in the January transfer window, Odemwingie was at it again as he went on Twitter to blast West Brom after he attempted to force a move to Queens Park Rangers by driving to their London colony without an agreement between the two clubs in place. Again, he apologized to the Baggies supporters and accepted the heavy fine placed on him for his comments.
That incident only served to prove that his critics in Nigeria were right about him. Odemwingie is a player who wastes no time in taking to social media to launch verbal attack when things are not going his way; a bad influence indeed.
For a player who has been his club’s top scorer for the past two seasons and has dedicated so many years of service to the national team, Odemwingie must begin to show his superiors more respect along with the maturity and experience a footballer of his age is expected to have. He must start dealing with professional matters professionally.
Up until his recent outbursts Odemwingie was a respected player in the Premier League. The West Brom fans have held a lot of respect for the striker ever since he signed from Lokomotiv Moscow for £1.5 million in 2011.
However, his latest outburst on Twitter hinting that he may buy out his contract at West Brom may be the last bridge to burn between him and the club. He said: "I see a free player. A player who buys out his contract soon. Or a retired player. Does he look like he cares much? They made him not to."
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