Tony Pulis: Rickie Lambert can be a mentor to Saido Berahino

Rickie Lambert

The West Brom manager wants to see the veteran striker bring the best out of Berahino.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Tony Pulis has admitted that Rickie Lambert could be a great player to aid Saido Berahino’s development into top class footballer.

The manager said: “It is not just on the pitch, it is off the pitch. He is a great lad and in Saido we’ve got a wonderful young talent and you’re just hoping that a little bit of that experience and the way he conducts himself, the way he works, the way he does things will rub off on Saido as well.”

So Lambert has been signed not only to provide a goal threat - which he has proven to have in the Premier League - but to utilise his years of experience to help Berahino.

The young forward has shown himself to have real talent, but has had to lead the Baggies’ line for the past two seasons and looks to be shouldering the burden with a struggled.

He scores goals with ease, but also endures spells when he is off-form, and the signing of Lambert will allow the youngster a chance to ease off if needed.

Lambert, 33, has shown himself to be a humble, hard-working striker, and a perfect role model to many younger players in the game. Pulis has brought him to the Hawthorns to add this mentality to his team, with the added benefit that Lambert’s style of play suits Pulis’s system down to the ground.

Signing Lambert makes a wealth of sense when looked at from all angles, and the arrival of the striker could not only prove beneficial on the pitch - but it could play a vital role in ensuring Berahino develops into the player many believe he can become.

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