PETER Odemwingie says he will always appreciate his time at West Brom… even if he is the man to send them down this season.
The 32-year-old in-form forward could well spearhead the Potters’ charge at the Hawthorns on May 11, the final day of the Premeir League season.
It is a game West Brom might well need to win to stay in the top flight as they currently are languishing just two places and three points outside the relegation zone.
“I don’t think so far ahead,” claimed Odemwingie when asked about his old club’s survival prospects.
The Nigerian was frozen out at the Hawthorns after a botched transfer to Queens Park Rangers in January 2013, despite having scored 30 goals in 90 games for the Baggies.
He added: “I get mixed reactions from the Baggies. A lot of people still appreciate what I did for them, and I will always appreciate what they did for me.
“But I take it week by week. If it’s a game (against West Brom) when Stoke need my best performance, then I will perform.
“I was a bit bitter, but it is in the past. I was happy to see them when I played against them for Cardiff. I was happy to see my boys.
“We enjoyed a period together, and you can never ignore that. There was a fall out, but there was a time when we were the happiest bunch of lads together.”
Odemwingie has only missed one Stoke match, the victory over Arsenal, since trading places with City misfit Kenwyne Jones two months ago. He says with that kind of faith shown in him by Mark Hughes, it is no wonder he has started to feel back to his best.
“I’m playing games in a row now, and it’s been important how the coach has treated me from day one,” he said.
“He gave me 90 minutes straight away and then the next game, even though I made a lot of errors.
“I’ve also scored a few goals and the confidence is there. It’s the little things that make a big difference.”