West Brom boss Tony Pulis attributes failed Tottenham move for Berahino's loss of form

Saido Berahino

Tottenham Hotspur pushed hard to sign West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino in the summer.

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis says Saido Berahino still isn’t 100% right after the striker missed out on a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur, the Mirror report.

The England U21 international was the subject of intense interest from Spurs throughout the summer, with the Telegraph reporting a bid in the region of £23 million was rejected on Deadline Day.

Berahino hit 14 Premier League goals last season, yet so far this campaign his tally stands at just three.

Speaking to reporters on his form, Pulis says the striker still hasn’t fully recovered from his failed move to Spurs and as a result, he hasn’t quite hit the highs of last season.

“He’s still not near what he was at the back end of last season. His form has dropped and dipped but the penny’s dropped and he has to be switched on,” Pulis said.

“The kid realises and understands that - irrespective of what we do as a club - he’s got to be right in himself “He’s definitely got his head down but it did affect Saido.”

“That was a deep cut. It was something he hasn’t experienced. The opportunity of going to a top four or five club, and not getting a move that he thought was going to just happen, really shook him.”

Berahino possesses an abundance of ability but so far he is struggling to live up to his form of last season, a situation which could put Spurs, or anybody else, off making a future bid.

With Tottenham bringing in Heung-Min Son and fellow attacking players Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele performing so well, one has to question whether a potential Spurs switch is still plausible.

Reports in the Birmingham Mail have linked the Baggies’ favourite with a switch to Newcastle United, yet considering Ayoze Perez’s current form even that seems rather fanciful.

Berahino could be in danger of missing out on a potential move next summer unless he improves.

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