By Chris Nomjov
Nigerian international and West Brom striker, Brown Ideye scored a brace, as the Baggies trashed West Ham, 4-0 to progress to the FA Cup quarter finals. The red hot striker, now has four goals in his last three appearances for West Brom, having endured goal drought, following his big money move, over the summer.
Ideye’s opening 20th minute strike was down to attentiveness and good positioning. It was a poacher’s goal that owed much to Craig Dawson and the quality of his cross as well as his success in winning an aerial challenge with Aaron Cresswell. Indeed Ideye might have been a fraction offside when he diverted Dawson’s delivery past Adrian from close range. The assistant referee saw nothing wrong with it, though, his flag remaining down.
Ideye was clearly a man, full of confidence, showing tireless pace and good understanding with strike partner, Saido Berahino. His persistence paid off with his second and West Brom’s third coming in the 57th minute when he managed to produce a tremendous amount of power from a deflected Stephane Sessengnon cross.
The much maligned striker, seemed like a man, short of confidence under former boss, Alan Irvine, who admitted, that her hadn’t seen the striker play, prior to sanctioning his move from Shaktar Donetsk.
Clearly, all Ideye needed was a manager capable of utilising the talent that persuaded West Brom to pay £10million for him in the first place.
And while Tony Pulis may have to concede that Ideye might well have been heading for Qatar had Carlton Cole been signed in the last transfer window, the mere fact that Ideye is now performing as effectively as he is amounts to a triumph for both player and manager.
Ideye marked his second of this FA Cup tie with celebratory somersault, having already demonstrated his athleticism with the power he generated from the header moments earlier.