Tony Pulis says the Aston Villa match was perfect for Berahino's return

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West Brom beat their local rivals after the 22-year-old's first goal of the season, after intense summer speculation over a move to Spurs.

Tony Pulis has drawn a line under the drama surrounding Saido Berahino's Tottenham transfer saga that occurred earlier in the summer, after the 22-year-old striker scored his first goal of the season to win the Midlands derby with Aston Villa, in an interview with the BBC.

Berahino directed a long range strike past Brad Guzan in the first half to secure the three points at Villa Park, and Pulis emphasised that it was the perfect match for a player of his ability to make an impression.

"It's over now. As a club we move on and he's a very good player," the Welshman told the BBC after the Baggies' victory.

"This game was made for Saido. He's not played a lot of football and looked tired as the game went on, but he was desperate to play and he has the quality that we want and need.

"Everyone makes mistakes - in a few years' time he will look back on the situation and think he should have done better."

Berahino was absent from the West Brom side while speculation surrounding his future intensified, missing three matches. The Hawthorns outfit refused a number of bids from Spurs for their homegrown star, who subsequently requested to leave the club. But as the transfer window slammed shut with Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace refusing to budge regarding the forward, Berahino's situation looked even more uncertain.

To his credit, Pulis has always been positive about what the player has to offer, and seems to have a strong relationship with the former England Under-21 striker. And that has helped as the youngster was given his first start since August against Villa, going on to make the difference.

Despite a positive resolution looking a long way off at the start of the month, Berahino could well prove to be a major asset for West Brom this season, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he is the match winner on many more occasions, even if the victory won't be as sweet as it was against Villa.

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