Former Newcastle Coach Could Be Spot On About Berahino

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.

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Steve Clark when appointed West Brom manager
June 2012

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?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Feb 12, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    @magscar to be fair players not important, just to find out he takes 47k per week before bonuses really astounded me! That was the point I was making, in ability the guy is probably comparable to someone like Gouffran if not slightly worse. (though apparently he takes home nearly 50k p/w.)
    Be interesting if the club moves its rails when it comes to wages. I suspect they’ll have to break the barrier to get the striker they want. 25m strikers come with wages that reflect their ability and price.
    Suspect at some point Gini will need a raise to stay too if he keeps notching goals

  • jayphoto

    Feb 12, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    well documented down here in middle England that some serious politics is going on between Pulis and Peace over saido. The player is just unfortunate to get stuck in the middle of it.
    My bet would be Pulis to go when west brom are safe or at the end of the season, and Berahino to leave after that probably for less than they would have got in January.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #3

    A few minor points:

    1) Lascelles is still suspended for his straight red card.
    2) Dummett is not slow, in fact once he starts is quite quick.
    3) Will not be sacked this season, we are in trouble that is not entirely of his own making. He will be given the opportunity to find a solution.

    IMO Sissoko should start the game on the bench, to get the most rest possible. With Aarons and Townsend on the wings Chelsea will be pushed back. Can Saivet be used at fullback?

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    # 3) McClaren will not be sacked

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #5

    451 at Chelsea:


  • magscar

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #6


    Yeah I appreciated your point – was just amusing myself.

    On point A mate of mine was telling me about his mate’s son signing with that place down the road from SJP and the stupid money already in place outside of 1st team.

    I can’t blame the kids for taking it but it is creating a different culture ( or is it just symptomatic of wider society). Older players refer to the cleaning boots scenario and the rights of passage in the then game which did seem to breed different players but the Game moves on and money doesn’t talk it swears ( Sorry Bob)

  • magscar

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Jay at 2

    Could be all change with the protagonists at WBA by next season then with Pulis Peace Berahino ( and club?) elsewhere.

    Not sold on Berahino but the whole scenario was a mess for all concerned

  • magscar

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #8

    On tomorrow’s team Lascelles is suspended as was straight red not second yellow but isn’t Colback available again?

  • JDdubai

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Fairly sure Lascelles is available for tomorrow – just the 1 game ban from the everton game.

  • magscar

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #10


    You do come up with some adventurous sides but dropping both Gini and Sissoko would be storing up problems for future. Might get away with one for tactical reasons but not both.

    Personally would stay with both. Gini is our best player and Sissoko raises his game against better sides.

    Gini for Perez and Townsend on left for Aarons. Both Perez and Aarons as impact subs although latter will possibly stay at LB if Colback not chosen. Can’t see Saivet starting at RB.

  • magscar

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #11


    Sorry you are right just checked and he is available for tomorrow. On reflection the offence was classed as a one match ban not three.

    Muddies selection waters a bit more then.

  • JamRec

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d keep the team the same as against West Brom and hopefully get Doumbia on the pitch for 20 minutes. I think Aarons and Townsend will cause problems down the left and we all know what Janmaat can do down the right, hopefully Sissoko will turn up… get some good crosses in to Mitro and Gini for 2 neatly placed headers 🙂 I think 2-2 is most likely score but I’m optimistic for a 2-1!

  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Lacelles’ straight red was for a professional foul not violent conduct. I think.

  • manxpie

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #14

    I think it was only a 1 game ban as it was a professional foul not serious one

  • jayphoto

    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #15

    thought Lascelles was one of the better players till that moment of madness against everton…

  • Voice of Doumbia

    Feb 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Ffs forget about berahinwho..? There’s plenty of time between now and when we sign whoever.. Hopefully smaks has more of a say in what he requires for his playing style/plans for our club. I don’t say a lot on here but I will say that I think smaks could turnout to be a good deal better than he seems so far.. That’s if he’s given more control over the thing’s a manager at such a big club should be controlling.

  • lesh

    Feb 12, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #17


    Charnley negotiate a deal early? Don’t be daft – it’s taken two years to get a midfielder to replace Cabaye.

  • Carl819

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #18

    His attitude stinks, do we really think he’ll change if he comes to the Toon when it’s obvious he wants to go to a ‘Smoke’ club, I’d rather have Shola back


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