Darren Fletcher purrs over Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye strikeforce at West Brom

Saido Berahino

The Scotland captain is clearly happy to see the controversial pair up top for West Brom.

West Brom are edging closer and closer to safety in the Barclays Premier League and that is in no doubt down to the managerial nous of Tony Pulis. He has turned the club around since taking over from the unpopular Alan Irvine at The Hawthorns.

He has also brought in a couple of new signings including Scotland captain Darren Fletcher from Manchester United. The Scot, who started the season as vice-captain at United, was told he was surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and swiftly found a buyer in The Baggies.

He made his home debut in midweek as West Brom defeated Swansea 2-0 and he had high praise for two players in particular after the game - strikers Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye.

With Victor Anichebe injured the two did a wonderful job against The Swans defence and both bagged goals as a consequence.

Fletcher, himself no stranger to playing alongside excellent strikers, believes that this pair are crucial to West Brom's survival hopes. He told the Express and Star:

“You need to score goals to win matches and that mainly comes down to strikers, although you want goals from all over the pitch.

“If we can get the service into them I'm sure they are going to take their chances. It's important in any team your strikers score goals.

“They were both fantastic last night. Their workrate and desire, and then then their quality was there and the second goal was perfect strike partnership goal. 

“They worked extremely hard, Saido had a really tough shift. He had to drop into midfield as well and then had to get forward but he did it, never moaned, got on with it and got his rewards with the goal which his performance deserved.

Interestingly enough, the two players in question have seen their respective futures fall under the microscope of late. Berahino is reported by The Daily Mail to be a target for Liverpool and Spurs while Ideye, the club's record signing, was allegedly very close to leaving the club on deadline day, according to The Mirror.

But they are at West Brom for now and while they remain it looks like they are set to play a pivotal role in the remaining games of the season.

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