Saido Berahino thanks West Brom boss Tony Pulis for putting him on the right track

After off-field problems threatened to derail his season, Saido Berahino has thanked Tony Pulis for standing by him through tough times.

It was an astonishing start to the season for Saido Berahino at West Bromwich Albion. He scored seven goals in his first nine Premier League games to earn his first ever England call-up.

However, he came crashing back down to earth after pleading guilty to drink driving and threatening to leave the Baggies in favour of a move to a “bigger club”, per Sky Sports.

It is safe to say that Berahino did not endear himself to the West Brom faithful with those comments back in February but since then, he has got his head down and started to concentrate on his football again.

Tony Pulis was the man tasked with keeping West Brom in the Premier League but also holding onto their prized asset until the end of the season. He has succeeded in both after a fantastic 1-0 win over Manchester United last weekend all-but guaranteed safety.

Berahino has thanked Pulis for helping him to win over the fans and keeping him on the straight and narrow after those mid-season debacles.

He told the Express & Star: “For me personally he (Pulis) has always kept me on the straight and narrow, the straight road and just tried to make me focus on my football.”

“Everyone knows how Tony Pulis is as a person. I would say he is a bit old school but his old school works.”

Pulis’ old school approach saw Berahino unsurprisingly enter the manager’s bad books but the 21-year-old striker has laughed off any doubts that their working relationship was affected.

He continued: “I laughed. “I did not think I was in any naughty chair. We have good one-to-one chats together and I think it was just an expression he had.”

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