Irvine comments prove Berahino is not the answer for Spurs or Liverpool

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The West Brom striker is far too young to have a new club's hopes pinned on him in January.

There has been a lot of talk about Saido Berahino's future this season.

The West Brom striker is the joint-highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League - which is all the more impressive considering he is only 21.

But Berahino's young age is exactly why Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool's reported interest in the Baggies striker should be treated with caution.

When boss Alan Irvine addressed reporters yesterday, his comments proved why Berahino may not be the answer for either club.

"We have asked a lot of a young player. He had a very good start to the season, there was a lot of interest in him and a lot of talk about him," Irvine told reporters.

"There's been a lot of focus on a young player and he has handled it well overall but I don't think anyone would have been surprised to see Saido dropping off a little bit, which is what has probably happened."

Quite. At 21, Berahino has the potential to go very far. A top-class striker one day? Certainly. But a top-class striker right now? No.

The West Brom man is too young to produce week in, week out, which is exactly what Spurs and Liverpool need right now. As a promising young forward, Berahino has it all ahead of him.

But then so does Harry Kane at Tottenham - and Divock Origi at Liverpool. So why spend upwards of £15 million just to recruit another 'one for the future'?

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