It has to be frustrating for West Brom manager Tony Pulis that his best goalscorer last season is not in form this season.
Saido Berahino wanted to move to Tottenham last summer, but a deal couldn’t be made with West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace refusing to accept some big offers from the London club.
The young striker’s attitude hasn’t been great this season, but he’s coming around and he’s almost certain to be sold in the summer.
Steve Clark when appointed West Brom manager
Since the January transfer window closed Jeremy Peace is said to be willing to sell the club – and it could be a good time for the Chairman with the new £5.1B TV rights deal kicking in during the summer.
That assumes West Brom are still a Premier league club of course.
There’s been a recent interview with former West Brom manager and former Newcastle coach Steve Clarke.
Steve Clarke was the West Brom manager from June of 2012 for about 18 months before being sacked and was the assistant manager of Newcastle when Ruud Gullit was briefly in charge of the Magpies from the summer of 1998 for just over a year.
Clarke was asked what he thought the problem was with Berahino and this is what he told talkSPORT:
“That’s a great question – you should probably ask Tony.” “He did well for me. He made his breakthrough into the first-team while I was manager at West Brom, and he was good.
“He’s a boy who just wants to play football.“ “There’s one thing I would say about Saido, and I saw it a little bit last night in the cup, is that he looks a little bit heavy to me.”
“He’s always had little ups and downs in his weight and I think the fact he’s not been playing regularly means he’s maybe just put on a couple of kilos.”
“It would certainly serve him better if he lost a little bit of weight.”
For American readers 2 kilos are about 4.4lbs.
Saido Berahino will not be match fit at the moment because he hasn’t started a game since last October, when Tony Pulis seems to have sickened of the 22 year-old.
It’s a good question as to whether Jeremy Peace’s willingness to sell the club in the summer makes much difference to what happens to Berahino this summer and what the asking price is.
We don’t think it will, but if Newcastle can survive this season in the Premier League and that’s still an if – then an early signing of Saido would really be a boost for the Tyneside club.
After failing to sign the striker in January we could even negotiate a deal early so we can get the lad in on July 1st so he has a full pre-season training and he will not start next season overweight.
What do you think?