Saido Berahino praises Tony Pulis impact at West Brom

The West Bromwich Albion forward has praised the impact made by former Crystal Palace manager at The Hawthorns.

West Brom forward Saido Berahino has praised the impact of Tony Pulis, reports Sky Sports.

Former Crystal Palace and Stoke City manager Pulis took over at The Hawthorns following the sacking of Alan Irvine in January, and has enjoyed a positive start to his reign.

His side are currently 14th in the Premier League table and four points clear of the relegation zone, having struggled for most of the season under former boss Irvine.

Now, young England forward Berahino has praised Pulis’ impact, the way he has made the Baggies harder to beat and turned them into more of a team than a group of individuals.

“He’s made the team stronger to beat,” said Berahino

“He’s made us play as a team and not individually. He just demands hard work. His training regimes have been tough but it’s paying off when it comes to Saturdays and game time. He’s always got a smile on his face and he’s always got time for anyone.”

The forward has also admitted he is glad the January transfer window has now closed because it means he can focus on finishing the season strongly with current his current side.

The 21-year-old, who has been in fine goalscoring form for the Baggies this season and received his first England call-up in November, had been strongly linked with a move away from the club during the transfer window – by Sky Sports, among others - but no bid materialised.

He was also heavily criticised for comments he made suggesting he wanted a move to a bigger club, as reported by The Guardian, with manager Pulis saying in quotes carried by the BBC that he needs to learn from more experienced members of the squad.

“The rumours have been ridiculous but I’m glad it’s over now and I can look forward to finishing the season strong,” added Berahino.

“That’s one thing I’m looking forward to – keeping West Brom in the Premier League and scoring as many goals as I can.”

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