West Brom won their second league game in succession on Saturday after losing at Newcastle 1-0 three weeks ago and this time it was a home win against Crystal Palace 3-2 after being 3-0 up at half time.
The other game they won was an amazing 1-0 win at Everton when they had around 27% possession but still came away with all 3 points and they are now on 36 points and a full 11 points above Newcastle in the league table.
Saido Berahino after scoring on Saturday
Saido Berahino was back to some good form and he scored one and made one on Saturday and looked somewhere near his form of last season and he´s been getting some very good advice from sage West Brom manager Tony Pulis.
This is what Tony said about Berahino after the win on Saturday:
“If he plays half the season now like he did, everybody will start talking about him. His mind is clear and he is set on his football again.”
“I have had lots of conversations with him. It has not been a short period. This has been over three windows. Every window that opens up, he gets driven in a direction that maybe a more experienced or stronger character would deal with.”
“He is a young lad, and he speaks to a lot of people and a lot speak to him. He gets pushed from pillar to post. You can speak to him, you think you have got him, and all of a sudden you lose him again.”
“He is not a bad lad. I have been round to his house, I have met his mum, they are nice people.”
“The most important thing is that he has a God-given gift and he should squeeze the pips from it, and have a great, great career.”
“Everything will follow, whether now, tomorrow or the next day. If he is playing well, he will get the recognition. And the move. He wants to play for a top-four team.”
“I don’t think it is the money, it is the opportunity and the chance to show how good he is. You can’t take that from the boy. You can’t tell him not to want that.”
“It makes people become stronger and better. He is a driven person, he has that ambition. You don’t want to take that from him.”
“He can’t go anywhere, he is with us now, and he has to get himself fit and put himself in that position again that he was last summer.”
“If it happens, it happens. If not, he has to keep playing and that is what he has done.”
He wants to play for a top four team – that sounds more like Tottenham than Newcastle.
And it´s not surprising that West Brom would like to sign him to a new deal and that as much as anything, is to protect their own financial interest in the player.
Saido will have one year left on his current contract in the summer – and if he stays on at West Brom past the summer without signing a new deal then his value will start decreasing as he gets closer to becoming a free agent.
So it makes sense that West Brom would try to sign him to a new deal that would protect his value to them and could even convince the lad to stay at the Baggies longer term.
But we have a feeling he will be moving on this summer, whether or not West Brom get him on a new deal.
Hopefully he will be moving to Newcastle as he remains our top striker target – always assuming we can stay in the Premier League after another woeful season of underachievement at the club by both the coach and the players.
What do you think?