West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis explained to the Mirror that there is no problem with Saido Berahino after the in-demand striker missed his side’s 3-2 defeat at home to Chelsea.
The Midlands outfit clearly don’t want to see their crown jewel depart this summer, but many inside the Hawthorns began asking questions as Berahino was left out of the squad to face Chelsea.
Speaking to reporters on the subject, Pulis has explained that the 21-year-old is fine, despite the player being absent against Chelsea with no apparent injury.
"We’re talking about Saido because of the transfer window. Everybody here today should be talking about the game and this wouldn’t be an issue. It can be disruptive and has been," Pulis said.
“He is fine, there’s no problems but it’s the transfer window which causes the problems. He needs to be protected, there’s loads of stuff going on in his mind, no just one club but 15 clubs. No-one should have this problem.”
Transfer window dilemma:
With Spurs’ interest renowned and a further bid likely ahead of the transfer window deadline, West Brom face a potential dilemma on a number of different levels.
Not allowing Berahino to move to Spurs could see them lumped with an unhappy player after the transfer deadline, a situation which could affect his performances on the pitch.
However, selling him now leaves them with the prospect of being a striker short and with limited time to bring in an alternative or at least strengthen other areas of the team.
The Baggies haven’t started the season too well, and with a shortage of goals they would be made to sell off last season’s top scorer now that the current campaign is underway – but do they have a choice?
If Tottenham submit an offer they simply can’t refuse, then you can be sure to hear boss Tony Pulis join the long queue of managers blasting the current concept of the window remaining open beyond the first game of the season.