Cardiff stonger than West Brom, says Odemwingie

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Peter Odemwingie joined newly promoted Cardiff City this summer and has claimed they're stronger than former club West Bromwich Albion.

The 32-year-old could make his debut on Saturday against fellow promoted Hull City at the KC Stadium.

"I see this is a stronger team than West Brom," he is quoted by BBC Sport. "Without any disrespect to West Brom... the club has shown what brought them here were gradual steps."

He's stated his eagerness towards a fresh start, after his £2.25million move to the top-flight newcomers. Cardiff gained automatic promotion after winning the Championship title in 2012/13.

Odemwingie joins £7.5million signing, Andrea Cornelius, as a new striker at the Welsh club, looking to win a first-team spot under Cardiff manager, Malky Mackay.

"They showed a lot of ambition in the window but it took them a couple of years of calculated steps," said Odemwingie, who hopes Cardiff can prove their survival credentials before they host West Brom on 14 December.

"From the chat I had with the manager that is the way it will be.

"They have plans for the near future and I think the objective is to stay in the league because they all know this league is very tough.

"They had a great start but the finish is the most important part and it is important to get points on the board before December."

Odemwingie joined West Brom from Russian side, Lokomotiv Moscow in 2010. He fell out of favour with the manager and fans for his failed transfer to QPR, where he turned up at the QPR training ground, only to find QPR had not been given permission to speak to him. After being refused entry, he returned back to the Midlands club.

Reflecting on events that led with his departure from the West Midlands club, he said: "I will take part of the responsibility, but if you have a relationship on one side claiming it is perfect, then that is impossible.

"We are all human beings and we all make mistakes and I believe mistakes were made by West Brom as well.

"We learn from that. As I said before, the West Brom fans are the most important thing to me.

"I am not against the whole club. I am a fan of a lot of people in the team, among the fans as well I still get a lot of positive words.

"I have never met one single West Brom fan face to face who has said anything nasty. I still love the club."

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