West Brom should have sold Saido Berahino in summer transfer window

Saido Berahino

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day.

Saido Berahino is one of the best players in the current West Bromwich Albion squad, and he is staying at The Hawthorns this season.

The 22-year-old striker wanted a move to Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline, but West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace blocked it.

The Baggies’ director of football administration, Richard Garlick, recently explained the club’s decision to The Birmingham Mail, stating that Berahino conducted his own negotiations with Peace.

As things stand, Berahino is available for selection for West Brom and will remain at The Hawthorns for the 2015-16 campaign.

However, it would have been better for the Premier League outfit had they sold Spurs on transfer deadline day.

Berahino is a very good player, but every footballer has a price. According to The Telegraph, Spurs thought that it was £23 million (although they did not want to make the full payment upfront).

West Brom did not, but how much more did they expect? £30m? £40m? As good a player as Berahino is, he is not one of the best strikers in the Premier League and has a long way to go.

True, the 22-year-old has potential, but what if he has a modest season in 2015-16? What if Berahino suffers a long-term injury?

There is no guarantee that next summer the former England Under-21 international will be valued by Tottenham, or any other club, at £23m - it will drop if he has a disappointing season.

Moreover, West Brom signed two strikers in the summer - Rickie Lambert and Salomon Rondon - while Nigerian forward Victor Anichebe remains part of manager Tony Pulis’s squad.

Would selling Berahino on transfer deadline day have been really that bad?

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