Punt of the Week - Gameweek 21 - Peter Odemwingie
Kicking off FPL Dugout’s new game in order to find points where most sites fear to tred, picking players with ownership of under 5%, I’ve gone with the West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie. The Nigerian frontman beat off competition from Ashley Young, Sylvain Marveaux and unplayable Victor Anichebe so I hope he doesn’t let us down!
This punt is aimed at the three gameweeks left before the wildcard window ends and we can look at longer term prospects. For now it’s all about extracting the most points possible before we all follow the template team once again for another 6 weeks or so.
West Brom under Steve Clarke have become a well drilled outfit and are now one of the most solid teams in the Premier League. Attacking wise they have a wealth of options with Odemwingie, Long, Lukaku and Fortune. Odemwingie has started the last three of WBA’s last four matches and looks destined to continue that role against a Fulham side that are poor on their travels and have only taken all the points once on their travels at the DW Stadium back in Gameweek 5.
With Odemwingie not a part of Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations squad for the up and coming tournament, he can fully focus on the Premier League task ahead. He is fully capable of achieving double digit scores and has done already this season, with this weeks visit of Fulham, a trip to the Majedski to face Reading then after that comes a derby against strugglers Aston Villa – 3 fixtures that will hold no fear for the Baggies, and if you join the 1.7% of managers that currently own Odemwingie there could be some big scores there to be had.
Having played three full 90 minutes in four matches one would assume Odemwingie is the preferred option of Clarke. Maybe so but no returns in those 3 matches is not the best when the likes of Long, Lukaku and to a lesser degree Fortune are pushing for a starting place.
With Lukaku mentioning in the press a few weeks back his prefered option would be to stay at the Hawthorns for the remainder of the season so he can gain Premier League experience will not sit well in the Odemwingie camp and heap pressure on his shoulders still further to be the Baggies number one man. If the Nigerian is dropped and the Baggies take advantage of the fixtures ahead then it could be a long road back for Odemwingie.
A usual ever reliable source of points has found it tough this time around but undoubtably has the qualities to cause many a defence problems. A short term punt that could potentially score in each of the 3 games ahead but if current form continues could see a role on the bench. Which side of the fence do you sit on?