Andy Townsend gives his take on the Saido Berahino situation

Saido Berahino

Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Stoke City were reportedly interested in the West Bromwich Albion striker in January.

Andy Townsend suggested on the Transfer Deadline Day show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 1) that West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino needs to go back to basics.

According to a report on Skysports.com last month, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Stoke City were interested in signing Berahino in the January transfer window.

Former West Brom midfielder Townsend believes that the 22-year-old has forgotten what made him one of the best young strikers in England.

“I don’t particularly sympathise with either club or player here,” said Townsend on the Transfer Deadline Day show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 1). “Certainly I think I have always felt that the motto was just play and the rest will take care of itself. I just believe that.”

“He has forgot to do what has put him on the verge of a £25, £30m move,” added the former Republic of Ireland international. “He has forgot to play, he has forgot to keep himself sharp.”

Berahino has been struggling to feature in the West Brom starting lineup so far this season, but he will surely get his chance as the season progresses.

The former England Under-21 international striker has scored just three goals and created only four chances in 19 Premier League appearances for the Baggies so far this campaign.

Berahino has a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 54%, and has won three headers, nine dribbles and five tackles.

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