Odemwingie happy as a Baggie

Odemwingie has been the subject of speculation linking him with a

move away from The Hawthorns after netting 14 goals in his first

campaign. But the Nigeria international, signed from Lokomotiv

Moscow for £2.5million, is adamant he is content to be part of

Roy Hodgson’s squad. He said: “I am asked a lot recently if I am

staying here. Yes, I am performing good and maybe drawing attention

to it. “As I said, the minimum I need now in my life is Premier

League action. When I was coming here it was all I wanted for my

career in one of the best leagues. “We are staying and I am happy.

Anything extra that comes, I am not the only one to decide. “The

club is there and, myself, I am there. If I am really in the plans

for next year I will embrace it and keep playing.” Odemwingie was

on target as the Baggies came from behind to overcome local rivals

Aston Villa 2-1 on Saturday. It enabled him to equal his best tally

for a season which he achieved during his spell with Lille.

Odemwingie said: “I have got level with my personal record now and

hopefully I can beat it, to score at least one more. “Hopefully, if

we win the next game and we are sure about everything, if we get a

penalty then I hope they will let me take it!” Odemwingie insists

he was always confident Albion would survive despite a dismal run

of results during the latter days of Roberto Di Matteo’s reign. Now

he is targeting a top-10 finish as West Brom look to build on a run

of 16 points from nine games under Hodgson. Odemwingie said: “In

that period things were not looking so good, but we were a bit

unlucky. “I knew every team would go through a bad period in the

season and that was ours, but I was sure we would come out of it.

“Now other teams are having it and I am happy we had ours early

enough so we could buck up and do better. “I never doubted we were

going to stay in the league. Five games ago I said openly ‘I

believe we are staying up’ and am not worried. “I was playing with

confidence and knew with the way we were playing there was no way

we were going down. “Now the target is bigger than just staying up,

we are looking to get into the top 10.”