Odemwingie a 'loose cannon'

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has been labelled "a loose cannon" and been told to grow up by his former international coach.

Last Updated: 02/04/13 at 15:37 Post Comment

Peter Odemwingie: Has made just five substitute appearances since the end of Jan

Peter Odemwingie: Has made just five substitute appearances since the end of Jan

The 31-year-old has endured a turbulent few months during which he angered staff and fans at West Brom by attempting to engineer a move to QPR on deadline day in January.

He also missed out on Nigeria's African Cup of Nations win after falling out with coach Stephen Keshi.

And former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia, who coached the Nigeria Under-23s to a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics where Odemwingie was the overage player, retains doubts about the player.

"Would I invite Odemwingie to the national team if I was the head coach at the moment? No I wouldn't," said Siasia, who was in charge of the senior Nigeria team from 2010 to 2011.

"We need players that will steer the upcoming ones in the right path and act as role models. If he does not do that, he will only end up destroying the team."

Speaking to supersport.com, Siasia added: "He confuses me to be honest.

"On the pitch he's a great player that every coach would want in his team, but off it he's a loose cannon.

"He needs to calm down and understand he now has a wife and a kid who look up to him as an example.

"I pray he matures quickly because Nigerians will want to see him back in the national team."

Odemwingie has made just five substitute appearances for West Brom since the closure of the January transfer window.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Names in frame for FIFA top job

After FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced he will step down from the role, we look at the candidates to replace him.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Timeline leading to resignation of FIFA boss

We look back on the timeline of events which culminated in Sepp Blatter announcing his resignation as president of FIFA.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company