West Brom midfielder James Morrison has stressed the importance of keeping hold of Peter Odemwingie given his importance to the club’s battle against the drop.
The Nigerian weighed in with 15 goals in his 32 starts and three substitute appearances for West Brom last season, helping to steer the West Midlands side away from the foot of the table.
Under the guidance of Roy Hodgson, who was appointed manager at the Hawthorns on 11th February, West Brom finished the 2010-11 season in 11th, although Morrison acknowledges this would not have been possible without Odemwingie.
“One of the reasons we stayed in the Premier League was his goals,” he commented.
“It’s fair to say if we take that out of the team, we might have struggled (to stay up).
It is because of this that Morrison has emphasised the importance of Odemwingie signing a new contract, with a number of clubs apparently circling.
Talks about a new deal are underway, but should Odemwingie decide he would be better off plying his trade elsewhere then it could impact severely on West Brom’s chances of survival this season.
With odds of 7/2, the Baggies are seventh-favourites to go down in bwin’s relegation betting market.
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“It is crucial that we establish Peter’s future 100 per cent,” Morisson continued.
“Fingers crossed, he signs a new contract. He had a great season and I think he wants to prove that was not a one-off.”
Odemwingie’s form last season has even made him an outside bet in bwin’s Premier League top goalscorer betting market.
The Nigerian is joint-16th favourite to score the most goals in the league this campaign, putting him alongside Frank Lampard, Daniel Sturridge and Demba Ba with odds of 40/1.
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