West Brom should pick Rondon and Lambert rather than rushing straight back to Berahino

The West Bromwich Albion striker should not simply walk back into the match-day squad.

According to a recent report from the BBC, West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino could feature for the club against Southampton at the weekend after returning the training.

The 22-year-old made headlines on transfer deadline day when he tweeted his frustration after the Baggies rejected a series of bids from Tottenham Hotspur, but with the player still at The Hawthorns he has little choice but to make himself available for action.

However, that does not mean West Brom have to play him and with the new faces manager Tony Pulis brought in over the summer he should stand firm and keep Berahino on the side-lines to show he is not overly reliant on the England under-21 international.

Bringing Berahino straight back into the fold is one way of dealing with the situation but there is another, which is to use Salomon Rondon and Rickie Lambert and send a message to the wantaway front-man in the process.

Before this summer West Brom needed Berahino’s goals, but in Lambert and more specifically Rondon, the Baggies have the players to star in 22-year-old’s absence.

Of course Pulis will not want to do anything that jeopardises points but West Brom did well without him against Stoke City and put in a brilliant performance in their 3-2 defeat to Chelsea, so just because Berahino is back in training, it should not automatically mean he walks straight back into the side.

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