Kevin Gallen believes West Brom should have sold Peter Odemwingie to Queens Park Rangers – because the Nigerian can never play for the Baggies again.
The 31-year-old became the story of transfer window deadline day as the two clubs failed to reach an agreement for the former Lokomotiv Moscow star’s services, but that didn’t stop Odemwingie driving to Loftus Road in an effort to force through a move to the Rs.
And Gallen, who played more than 350 games for the west London club, claims all parties have been left disappointed by the aborted deal.
“It’s a farce,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “The club are going to fine him and I can’t see how he’s going to play again for West Brom.
“What are the fans going to do when he comes on to the pitch? They’re going to go crackers.
“He’s made it obvious over the last couple of weeks that he wants to leave. West Brom have stood very firm. Usually in these situations it’s always the selling club that loses out, but West Brom have held their own.
“The problem is they now have an unhappy player and unhappy supporters against him.
“They should have taken the money. What’s the point of having a player who doesn’t want to play for the club and is going to cause problems in the dressing room, and with the manager? They should have let QPR have him.”
But Gallen did criticise Odemwingie’s representatives, who he believes has let the player look foolish.
“His agent has told him to go and force the move, which is really bad advice. He’s a West Brom player and you can’t just turn up at a football club and expect to sign for them.
“He’s now got to go into training today and face the music.”