- Brown Ideye says missing West Brom's pre-season in the US affected his chances of succeeding at the club
- Ideye was the club-record signing after a fee of €12.63m was paid for him to leave Dynamo Kyiv in 2014
- The former Super Eagles attacker was eventually sold to Olympiacos for only €5.42m
Super Eagles star Brown Ideye believes not being part of West Brom’s pre-season training in the US hindered his chances of having a successful career in the Premier League.
The Hawthorns paid a then club-record fee of €12.63m to sign Ideye from Dynamo Kyiv in 2014 but his short term with the club didn’t go as planned.
With so much expectations from the AFCON 2013 winner, Ideye only managed to score seven goals and register two assists in 31 appearances for the club.
The 31-year-old spent just one season at The Hawthorns before he was sold €5.42m.
Speaking with Legit.ng on Instagram live on why he struggled at West Brom, Ideye said: “The problem was not having a pre-season with the team because I signed and went back to Nigeria to get my working visa.
"It took me three weeks to get that done and meanwhile the team had already left the US, finished their pre-season and came back to England.
“It is just about not having a good pre-season, I had all my pre-season in Nigeria while waiting for my visa, travelled back to UK to join the team, not knowing what I’m supposed to do to get myself at the peak to compete with the bigger boys in the league.”
“I gave it my best but it was not meant to be,” Ideye concluded.
Brown Ideye who now plays for Greek side Aris Thessaloniki was eventually sold to Olympiacos for only €5.42m.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Ideye has narrated the mood in the Super Eagles camp right after their shocking exit at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Nigeria had a very slim chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition having lost 1-0 to Argentina in their opening game and then a 2-1 loss to Greece in the second group game.
The Super Eagles were condemned to win the final showdown against South Korea and also hope for results to go their way in the tie between Argentina and Greece, with both Group B matches to be decided simultaneously.
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