–West Brom coach wants Eagles forward to score more
Tony Pulis has told rejuvenated West Bromwich Albion striker Brown Ideye: ‘Carry on tumbling!’.
Ideye marked his fourth goal in three games with a somersault celebration in the FA Cup destruction of West Ham United last Saturday.
Sir Alex Ferguson once banned Portuguese winger Nani from marking his goals in similar fashion due to fears over injuries.
But Pulis, even with only three centre-forwards to pick from, is more than happy to see £10million club-record signing Ideye go head over heals again.
‘He can do it every time he scores as far as I’m concerned,’ smiled Pulis.
‘Let’ s hope he does it another 15 times before the season is out!’ Ideye nearly left West Brom in the January window in a £3.8million move to Qatar side Al-Gharafa – but has since hit a rich vein of form, scoring against Burnley, Swansea and twice against West Ham.
‘I took him aside in the transfer window but he was more than happy to stay,’ said Pulis.
‘There was never anything concrete, there was no deal set in stone. But I told him it was no problem. He has been as good as gold.’
Ideye and Saido Berahino have struck up a good partnership in the past three games, and Pulis has challenged the duo to maintain it to ensure the club’s Premier League survival.
‘They have looked good but it’s been a small period of games so they have to keep that going,’ said the West Brom head coach. ‘Partnerships are built over seasons and they’ve only had a few games together, so it’s important that they keep their feet on the ground, keep level headed and keep doing what they’re doing.
‘I think Saido and Brown have had a competition for goals in the last couple of games. They have worked well together and have different strengths in a lot of ways.
‘The balance has been good but we need to make sure they stay consistent.’