West Brom have turned into an established and tough to beat Premier League unit under Tony Pulis this season, but former Newcastle forward Micky Quinn has told talkSPORT that the manager is to blame for ruining the potential of striker Saido Berahino,.
Quinn said: “No striker will score 20 goals playing for West Bromwich Albion. He [Pulis] has ruined Saido Berahino! Ruined him, playing him right side of midfield. It’s anti-football.”
Pulis has built this reputation of ‘anti-football’ during his career, as he makes teams punch far above their weight.
He is currently in charge of a West Brom team lacking in real quality, and has opted to create a defensive and effective system, rather than relying on the inconsistent quality of Berahino - his one truly top class player.
His system has proven to win games, but it has cost Berahino his place in the team recently.
The striker has started just eight games this term, and has not made it onto the field of play for any of the last three fixtures. Earlier in the season, when he was starting, it was still not in his natural striker role, often being thrown out to either wing, or as a support forward.
West Brom started the season having managed to keep ahold of Berahino, despite the interest from Tottenham, and it was considered a statement of their intent.
However, whilst the Baggies have been improving, it has been without the young striker in their first-team ranks, and it is hard to see how he will get back in the side given their recent run of impressive results.