The Mirror claimed Saido Berahino had been offered to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month and if Mauricio Pochettino was watching the game between Everton and West Brom last night, he would have been interested to see the England under-21 man featuring on the left hand side.
It was an opportunity for Berahino to get his teeth into a position where he’s only played once before this season (according to whoscored.com) and a chance for Pochettino to judge how he plays in a problematic position for Tottenham.
The left hand side isn’t one of the strongest areas of Tottenham’s first team squad, with Danny Rose (a left-back) recently pushed further forward to play off of the left hand side, so any player potentially arriving at Spurs who can play there is extra significant.
|Position||Team||Outfielder Block||Interception Won||Won Tackle||Duel Won||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Craig Gardner||MF||West Brom||1||1||2||6||1||90|
|James Morrison||MF||West Brom||1||2||1||4||1||65|
|Claudio Yacob||MF||West Brom||1||2||6||9||1||90|
|Saido Berahino||FW||West Brom||0||0||1||5||1||70|
|Chris Brunt||MF||West Brom||0||0||1||7||1||90|
The downside of Berahino’s role on the left for the Baggies last night is that the stats suggested that he struggled in terms of defensive discipline, which is significant because of how much of the play Everton had during the 0-0 draw.
However, that’s not a role that Tottenham would buy him for. Spurs would be buying him to play as a centre forward who may occasionally offer some impact off of the left hand wing.
In that respect, his stats in terms of the take-ons he won last night are very good and suggest he could have an impact for Spurs on the counter attack, breaking forward quickly down that side to release pressure.
In terms of Tottenham’s chances of signing him from the Baggies, not a great deal has changed.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been quoted by the BBC suggesting he’s available for the right price but whether Tottenham will go for a big deal in the middle of the season remains to be seen.
Ultimately, Berahino represents firstly a striker if Spurs try to sign him and secondly, a player who gives Pochettino an option in a role which hasn’t been Tottenham’s strongest this season or last.