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Ideye | Pulis has rescued my West Brom career

Brown Ideye believes Tony Pulis has helped
pull his West Brom career back from the
brink.
The striker – the Baggies’ £10million record
signing – was on the verge of leaving the club
on transfer deadline day.
A £3.75million move to Qatari club Al-Gharafa
was set up only for the Nigeria international
to stay after Albion missed out on West
Ham’s Carlton Cole.
Ideye has now scored twice in his last two
games, including Wednesday’s 2-0 win over
Swansea, to double his tally for the season.
He struggled for form and fitness under ex-
Albion head coach Alan Irvine following a
summer switch from
Dynamo Kiev but admitted Pulis has revived
him.
‘I didn’t really have that much (playing) time
when Alan was here,’ he said, ahead of
Saturday’s FA Cup visit of West Ham.
‘This time is really different because I have
more time and more of a role to play, holding
the ball up is what I am good at.
‘The way Tony wants me to play suits my
game. Right now, I’m just in the right place.
He likes strikers to work hard even if you
don’t score.
‘I guess I’ve not started playing football (for
West Brom) the way I know how to play it.
I’ve played for several clubs and they can
testify how I can play.
‘Confidence comes with scoring and I’m at
that point now that each goal lifts my
confidence and scoring goals for me in every
game is a good thing as a striker.
‘Wednesday showed what I am capable of
but by the grace of God I can do more.’
Ideye also scored in the 2-2 draw at Burnley
on Sunday as the Baggies hit back from 2-0
down.
‘Two goals in two games is a dream come true
for me. Every striker wants to score goals,’ he
said.
‘The crowd were really supportive but right
from the start they’ve been supporting the
club and supporting me.
‘I love them and I’ll keep on doing my best for
the club.’
The Baggies host the Hammers in the fifth
round at The Hawthorns having already lost
2-1 at home to Sam Allardyce’s side in the
Barclays Premier League this season.
But Ideye urged the Baggies to build on their
midweek win which took them four points
clear of the drop zone.
‘We have to look at it like a Premier League
game. West Ham came here and you know
what happened and they are a good side,’
said the 26-year-old.
‘This result will lift our morale and we just
have to keep on playing like we did today.

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