Ideye makes impressive EPL debut as Chelsea win again

Super Eagles Forward Brown Ideye

Super Eagles striker, Brown Ideye, on Saturday finally made his highly anticipated EPL debut in West Brom’s 0-0 draw away against Southampton.

Ideye was introduced in the 52nd minute to replace his compatriot Victor Anichebe.

The former Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine striker, who is West Brom’s record signing, was keen to justify the huge investment made on him but was unlucky not to get a goal in his maiden outing.

In the 58th minute, Ideye had his first attempt but his header inside the six-yard box crashed against the side netting.
On the hour mark, the Nigerian forward appeared to have been fouled on his way to goal inside the box, but the penalty appeal was overlooked.

Ideye came the closest in the 73rd minute, after a great piece of footwork by the Nigerian striker put him through on goal, but his final shot was blocked by the lunging Southampton goalkeeper Frazer Forster.

At the end it finished all square as West Brom now have two points from two games having also drawn their season opener 2-2 against Sunderland.

Meanwhile, at the Stamford Bridge, Chelsea made it two wins in as many matches as they broke a resilient Leicester team and ran away with a 2-0 win over the EPL new boys.

After failing for over an hour to get a goal, Rui Costa broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute as his low drive crept underneath the onrushing Schmeichel.

Fifteen minutes later, Hazard made sure of all three points were in the kitty with a characteristic goal as he cut in from the left and blasted a right-footed shot into the back of the net to ensure Chelsea maintained their 100% start to the league season.

In other centres, West Ham hammered Crystal Palace 1-3 away from home while it was a barren draw in the game involving Aston Villa and Newcastle.

EPL results
Chelsea 2-0 Leicester

Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham

Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Swansea 1-0 Burnley

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Everton 2-2 Arsenal


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  • David Hart

    Thank you Mr Bamidele for your article however I will strongly disagree with you when you are blaming the PDP governments for everything that is wrong with Nigeria! My father left for the UK in the 50’s and I left in the early 90’s so don’t lecture me on the problem with Nigeria. Why you did not write this article when your tribes man OBJ was in power no one will tell but I sincerely hope that this new government will fulfil the aspiration of the people. If you really want to convince Nigerian in diaspora you have to honest to admit that the problems stems from decades of decadence in the country and not just from PDP. GEJ’s government has been the most active in terms of regenerating the country despite their failings and I can honestly admit that they have lost their way after more than a decade in power. We should give them the credit of not frustrating the election and the results and hounding political opponents like OBJ. We in the diaspora will watch and be careful how we get involved. It is very typical of the South West to quickly absolve themselves from the problems of the country however you are the number cause in your quest for power but Buhari will disappoint you all because he is a rigid and deciplined man Period!

    • Simon T

      Nice and articulate response!

      • David Hart

        Thanks Simon! The South West only got involved because their man is the Vice Presidential candidate and it is a shame that this is happening because Nigeria at this time should not be resorting to look for a miracle from someone who has been at the corridors of power since independence but there you go. One thing for sure the South South has broken the mould and I will seriously campaign for any credible candidate from the South East and if it’s going to be rotational then Nigeria must consider the other side of the river Niger otherwise something is seriously wrong.

  • Sanmi Falae

    Congratulations, madam. I am sorry that some people would offload their personal and cultural frustrations on you. As hard as it was, winning the election was the easy part for Team Buhari. Like Obama in his victory over George Bush, Mr Buhari has the unenviable task of clearing up six years of Jonathan’s economic, political, internal and foreign affairs mess – with a virtually empty national Treasury. As you rightly implied, Team Buhari needs the creativity of sincere, competent, and well meaning Nigerians to get us out of the abysmal hole Jonathan’s jaw breaking incompetence and immorality has put us.
    If you ask me, the easier and quicker way out is not to try and solve people’s problem for but with them. How? By building or constructing solid or world class infrastructures -that Team Buhari would not need to waste money rebuilding over and over again- that people use to solve their problems themselves. With reliable infrastructures, our young people would be enabled or empowered to demonstrate their creative gifts and talents in inventing their own jobs or careers. Thus Mr Buhari must as a matter of utmost urgency see to abolition of piracy and protection of intellectual property rights, to encourage creation of ideas. Clearly, if the investment poured into creation of (employment or career) ideas are not rewarded, our young people would not be motivated to think or create ideas.
    Needless to say EFCC and our various institutions must enjoy absolute autonomy to operate. The Police Force must be professionalised, as the long term solution to our security problems. But most importantly, our education system needs root, stem, branch, and leaf overhaul. Without a radical structural change in our education system but curriculum in particular, all other changes are a waste, as we would not have the means of sustaining them. Also Team Buhari must adopt inclusive problem solving and decision making strategy to governance i.e take on board and respond to PUBLIC OPINION. It is called accountability. For Team Buhari, the next General Election starts now – if they are going to win it. As APC’s own electoral experiment has proved, the Nigerian popular electorate has changed for good -i.e become wise and sophisticated. God Bless Nigeria, Messrs Buhari, Tinubu and Team Buhari.

  • Sanmi Obasa

    The real problem is the diaspora you are writing to. The diaspora who sees civilization everyday but when he goes home he is even worse than the people there. He saw the Canadian prime minister joining the queue to buy his coffee and the member of the parliament driving his own car, paying for his own accommodation, paying his children’s school fees all from his salary but when he gets to Nigeria airport he is changed person. He starts jumping queue, demanding for special status, siren etc. he wants to be specially noticed. There are a lot of diasporas in govt in Nigeria today and they have made any impact.

  • Matthew Oye

    Thanks Bamidele. We are coming home. What I think the new president should do is to offer some of us opportunity to serve in the new government so that we can put into practice some of the good things we’ve learnt abroad. It would be quite difficult for most folks to just return to join the unemployed market. Yes, many have completed their education, mostly with Master Degree. For me I’m home sick. I cant wait to return soonest