Hodgson worried about Baggies losing Odemwingie
Published 23:00 07/04/11 By James Nursey
Roy Hodgson admits West Brom face a battle hanging on to star striker Peter Odemwingie this summer.
The Nigerian international has scored 10 goals for the club since his £2million switch from Lokomotiv Moscow in August.
He also won both penalties which Chris Brunt converted in last weekend’s 2-1 home win over Liverpool.
Odemwingie, 29, has just been voted third best newcomer in a Premier League poll of managers behind Rafael van der Vaart and David Silva.
Despite Hodgson steering Albion to the brink of safety after an unbeaten five-game run, he fears the top-flight vultures are hovering.
“Perhaps, yes,” admitted the ex-Fulham manager. “I will cross that bridge when the time comes. Most of the players in the Premier League are good enough to move on.
“We are very happy with Odemwingie of course. Peter has been an excellent signing for the club.
“He wasn’t totally unknown, I knew of him at Fulham, he was on our scouting list, but the club did particularly well to tempt him away from Lokomotiv and do the deal.
“We are very happy with it and long may that continue.
“He’s scored 10 goals but if you add the goals he has scored to the goals he has helped produce he would be almost up into the 20 mark.
“That’s quite incredible for a player in his first season in the Premier League and playing at a club at the wrong end of the table.”