Former England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT what he would do in Saido Berahino’s position with regards to potentially moving to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Tottenham are keen on a move for the player, but Pearce agreed with former Baggies boss Alan Irvine, as covered by the BBC, in suggesting that the player may not be ready for the pressure of a White Hart Lane switch.
“Yeah I heard Alan Irvine say that – If I was him (Berahino) then I’d want another season at West Brom,” Pearce told talkSPORT.
The merit in the player staying put
Staying where he is will be attractive for Berahino because he’s the main man in the Baggies attack and knows exactly what he’s getting in the form of Tony Pulis.
He’d arguably be required to do less defensive work under Pulis because he’d be playing through the middle of the attack, rather than being used increasingly in a wider position.
That would arguably give him a better chance of having a better season in terms of scoring goals, which will create positive knock on effects in terms of England.
The merit in the player moving
If he opts for a move to Tottenham and pushes for it then it’s understandable considering the generally higher quality of the players he could play with.
It would also mean a chance to link up with Harry Kane, who he has a good relationship with from the England under-21 ranks, and it would mean a chance for him to play in the Europa League, which would expose him to a better level of competition and ultimately improve him as a player.