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Brown Ideye | Forward

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/10/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 172

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Ideye Brown racing against the clock to be fit for a Week 1 Baggies debut.
West Brom's most expensive summer signing has yet to prove his fitness is at a sufficient level to earn him a start in the season debut against Sunderland. The controversial signing will have an uphill battle to convince critics that he was worth his transfer price and before he can do that he will have to be fit. His chances of playing in Week 1 are deemed to be about 50/50 at this point. Stay tuned to Alan Irvine's press conference on Friday for more. Aug 14 - 9:44 PM

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Looking to fill the Romelu Lukaku-sized hole in their front line, West Brom have broken their transfer record to sign Nigerian international Brown Ideye.

Ideye represents a big gamble for West Brom after a year of failed experiments at forward last season. At 6' tall and 155 lbs., the Nigerian will never be mistaken for Romelu Lukaku but he is capable of holding down the middle and letting West Brom's runners like Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino play off of him. Never a huge goal scorer in either France (17 goals in 52 appearances) or Russia (33 in 74), he is coming into his prime at 25-years-old and could still have some upside for the Baggies in addition to providing the focal point that has been missing since Lukaku's loan spell ended. He would have to improve on his Dynamo Kiev goal-scoring rate while stepping up in competition to be a serious fantasy consideration.
Jul 23 - 11:26 AM