After paying his wages for just under four months, exasperation allegedly rages around the West Brom boardroom, as the Baggies’ fat cats grow increasingly frustrated with record signing Brown Ideye.
The powerful 26-year-old cost £9m to prise away from Dynamo Kiev and is still awaiting his first Premier League goal.
It’s a general lack of impact he’s had that’s got the Throstles’ bankrollers in a fluster, but with no Premier League appearance since early September, it’s difficult to see how the Nigerian can affect goings on at the Hawthorns.
Manager Alan Irvine, who, upon Ideye’s arrival, admitted he was yet to see him play, didn’t include him in the squad for the 1-0 win over Leicester last time out and the scintillating form of lone striker Saido Berahino means he’d be playing an ancillary role even if he was making the match day 18.
Despite this distinctly underwhelming start, the Baggies board members are urged not to panic, for the Ocean Boys alumnus will deliver the goods in due time.
The first few months in the Premier League prove notoriously challenging for foreign imports sampling it for the first time.
Some have no issues acclimatising, but even the greatest players experience problems during the fledgling stages of their stint in England’s top flight.
Each of Ideye’s previous three European employers will help ease the jittering West Brom accountants by explaining the striker tends to start slow whenever he relocates.
His goal output in his first campaign has always been inferior to the one he’s mustered in his second across his career on the continent.
Only nine Swiss nets were rustled during Ideye’s 33-game first term at Neuchatel Xamax, before rising to 12 in 17 in season two.
A move to Sochaux followed, where he struck just twice in 17 appearances, before plundering 15 in 33 starts the following year.
The 12 goals he bagged during his first campaign in the Ukrainian capital was his personal best haul for a first season, but he trumped that with 17 the season after.
So there you go West Brom, stop panicking, Ideye will do the business…but not until 2015/16.
And if he doesn’t, well…at least you didn’t pay £50m for Fernando Torres.