Former Rangers and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins suggested on the Call Collymore show on talkSPORT on Sunday evening (January 31) that West Bromwich Albion should not sell Saido Berahino on transfer deadline day.
“If I was Tony Pulis, I would want him to be perfectly honest,” said Wilkins.
“This young man will score goals and lots of them,” added the former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder. “Can you replace that with £21m? I don’t know whether you can, to be perfectly honest.”
According to BBC Sport, Newcastle United have made a bid of £21 million to sign the 22-year-old striker. According to Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City are also interested in recruiting Berahino.
It remains to be seen what West Brom do in regard to Berahino, but one of the main questions that fans should ask if they will be able to sign a replacement in time.
It is all well and good to get a good sum of money for a talented young player on the final day of the transfer window, but how do you replace him?
But do Berahino actually need replacing? So far this season, the England Under-21 international has been largely a squad player, with his place in the starting lineup not guaranteed at all.