West Brom did not sell Berahino to Tottenham, despite planning for his departure.
West Brom rejected Tottenham’s approaches for Saido Berahino on deadline day, and Harry Redknapp has told the Standard that Tony Pulis now has a selection issue with his Baggies team due to keeping ahold of the striker.
He said: “West Brom wanted to do a deal, they just wanted the right money for him [Berahino] which is totally understandable. From Tony Pulis’s point of view, he now has a problem. The striker he brought in, Salomon Rondon, has done fantastically, he’s got Rickie Lambert as well so where is he going to play Berahino? Will he stick him out on the wing?”
However, the Baggies had already signed replacements for the young forward earlier in the transfer window, and with Berahino staying in the Midlands, Pulis can now call upon three strikers - all with claims to be first choice.
Salomon Rondon has impressed in his short performances for the Baggies, whilst Rickie Lambert arrived from Liverpool and has a proven Premier League pedigree.
Berahino is arguably the most talented player, but it is hard to suggest he deserves a role over the other two forwards considering how they have performed so far this season.
So, as Redknapp points out, where do they fit into Pulis’ plans?
Berahino is fast enough to be utilised out on the wing, but it would be at the expense of his greatest talent - goalscoring. He could also play in a deeper midfield role, as more of a creator than goalscorer, but he has not shown the aptitude to be the main playmaker in a team as of yet.
Pulis has to decide how Berahino’s future at the Hawthorns will progress, with him bound to stay with West Brom until at least January, and it could be that young forward is dropped in favour of the players brought in to replace him.