Following reports that the England under-21 striker may leave The Hawthorns, Vincent Ralph believes there is only one smart move for the player.
The 20-year-old forward burst on to the scene this season, scoring goals against both Arsenal and Manchester United and netting two consecutive braces for England’s under-21s.
With reports claiming the player is currently earning £850-a-week, it is no surprise that the Baggies are keen to tie him to an improved deal. But following claims the player has rejected an offer of £7,000-a-week, both Arsenal and Chelsea are said to be monitoring the situation.
So here is the bit where I play devil’s advocate. If it is a straight choice between the two London clubs, surely it is no choice at all.
Berahino will have seen what has happened to his former teammate Romelu Lukaku at Stamford Bridge and realised that up-and-coming strikers cannot get a look in given the players ahead of them, no matter how inferior their recent goal-scoring record may be.
If Lukaku cannot break into the Chelsea first-team, what chance someone of the same age but someone who, in comparison, is only just beginning his footballing education?
Arsenal blood young players whereas, for the most part, the Blues opt to send them on a series of loans akin to a footballing expedition.
But in all seriousness, Berahino has only one smart choice (along with a whole host of daft ones). He must remain at West Brom, under a manager in Steve Clarke who is doing great things.
And while his bank balance may not be quite as healthy as a result, it will be more than sufficiently stocked, allowing him to play the game, week-in-week-out, developing at a healthy rate.
And if he does eventually move, he will do so not as a work-in-progress but as a finished product.
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