Saido Berahino backs West Brom's record signing on club website

Saido Berahino has told West Bromwich Albion's official website why he is backing record-signing Brown Ideye to come good in the Premier League.

Saido Berahino has told West Bromwich Albion’s official website that the club’s record signing Brown Ideye will find his spark in the Premier League.

The Nigeria international has managed just one top-flight goal this season, with the 26-year-old struggling to offer a return on the sizeable investment made in his services.

The Guardian were among those to report last summer that the deal to take Ideye to The Hawthorns cost the Baggies around £10 million.

Alan Irvine was the man to bring him to England, but he has since been relieved of his managerial duties and replaced by Tony Pulis.

A fresh start may be what Ideye needs to rediscover his spark, with his teammates of the opinion that there is plenty of potential to be unlocked.

Berahino started alongside the former Dynamo Kiev man against Hull City on Saturday and, while surprised to see him pass up one clear sight of goal, is backing the burly frontman to start delivering the goods.

Berahino told the club’s official website: “I was really surprised that he missed that chance on Saturday because he puts those types of opportunities away in training.

“I feel for him because he has found it hard, but you can’t knock his effort and his drive to do well for the team. He hasn’t scored as many as he would have liked this season but he has to keep going. He is a strong character and I am sure that he will start scoring soon.”

Ideye may need to look to Berahino for inspiration.

The 21-year-old opened the season in style, but endured a dip in form after breaking into the senior England squad.

He has, however, been able to get back on track over recent weeks and now has 14 goals to his name, with nine of those arriving in Premier League competition.

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