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West Brom defender Steven Reid not flustered by Odemwingie saga
Published : 04 Feb 2013 15:47:20
Defender Steven Reid insists the Peter Odemwingie transfer saga has not affected West Brom's players, but admits he would not have behaved in the same manner as the Nigeria international.
Odemwingie is expected to return to training at some stage this week after driving to Loftus Road without permission on transfer deadline day in the hope a move to QPR would go through. That followed a series of Twitter rants against the club after a transfer request was rejected.
But when asked how the situation had affected the dressing room, Reid said: "Not a great deal to be honest. We've got a strong group with a lot of leaders in the dressing room who have good, strong characters."
He added: "It's a matter that the club are dealing with now and I'm not sure what the outcome will be. It's up to them how they deal with that.
"There's enough characters and leaders in the dressing room to get through it. Maybe that group wasn't as strong when I first joined but it is now and maybe that's why we're in the position we are in in the league.
"It (Odemwingie's behaviour) is not the way I'd go about doing things and I'm sure it's not the way a lot of other lads would, but these things happen in football."
Reid admitted Odemwingie could have some role to play in the future as West Brom try to halt their current slump.
He said: "Will we welcome him back? We'll have to see and it's up to the club how they deal with it.
"But if it does happen I'm sure we'll get on with it and there might come a point in the campaign when he's needed.
"It's up to the club and I'm not going to get involved in team selection. It's also up to the fans how they deal with it."