Newcastle United’s hopes of signing number one striker target Saido Berahino from West Brom seemed to be given a lift by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino yesterday when he hinted Spurs were no longer interested in signing the 22 year-old striker.
He talked about how important it is to sign players with discipline who would not upset the squad.
Mauricio Pochettino – not interested in signing Berahino?
And with news yesterday that Newcastle had opened a new set of talks with West Brom about their young striker and that Newcastle were hopeful of a signing him – gave fans some hope that we can get the youngster through the door this month.
This is what Mauricio said yesterday during his press conference:
“I can tell you now in this case I think it was our mistake, because of what he showed in the problem with Jose Fonte.”
“I can recognize, and Osvaldo, to be fair, he recognized it was a big mistake for him to come and for us to sign him. But I am very honest about this.”
“For discipline and good behavior, it’s important players are always kind with team-mates. It was unacceptable behavior, and for that we were very strong with him.”
“You’ve got to improve and learn from that, to make sure you don’t repeat those mistakes.” “It’s a consequence of our decisions that we have a good dressing room at Tottenham now, because it’s not magic.”
“We have a very good changing room now but we’ve worked very hard to try to build relationships between the players and the staff to create a very good level of training, discipline and mentality. And this is important to keep now.”
“The most important thing now is to settle and to grow in this idea that we need to work hard, have a good mentality, respect and discipline. This is the most important thing for the future.”
“If you bring someone who is a normal player, and not a good man, then you do it for what? It’s bringing them for the sake of it,”
“You need to bring the right profile and quality enough to help us and improve the squad.”
“For me when you spend more than £15M to £18M, first you need to bring good things, like good behavior, responsibility, discipline, professionalism,”
“Then he should have enough quality to improve the squad, that’s very important.
“It’s impossible to sign a player for this amount and need to wait for performances. It’s impossible.”
As background to Pochettino’s comments Italian International striker Dani Osvaldo headbutted Jose Fonte in a training ground altercation after joining Southampton and he was suspended for two weeks and he just didn’t work out at the Saints.
Osvaldo only played 13 games for them with 3 goals over two seasons and was sent out on loan to Juventus, Inter-Milan and Boca Juniors.
And we all know Berahino has been getting bad publicity at West Brom as he tries to engineer a move away from the Baggies.
And those last few sentences from Mauricio are a veiled reference to Saido Berahino – but we assume Newcastle think they can handle the player if we do sign him – and that he will not upset the Newcastle dressing room?
Berahino did a Yohan Cabaye last summer and threatened to go on strike after the Baggies refused to sell him to Tottenham.
But the youngster recanted and didn’t actually go on strike like Yohan did in the summer of 2014 when Arsenal wanted the French International.
It’s looking like our chances of signing Saido have improved over the last couple of days.
What do you think?