Joey Barton predicts Saido Berahino's happy mood at West Brom won't last long

Joey Barton Marseille

The striker was asked to play a more defensive role against Leicester City yesterday evening.

West Bromwich Albion put a dent in Leicester City's title chances last night, with a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.

The Baggies earned the points after an excellent free-kick from Craig Gardner levelled things up early in the second half.

It was a fine result for West Brom, following on from their excellent 3-2 win against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

That game saw Saido Berahino hit the back of the net in the Premier League for the first time since October and he was also in generally better spirits throughout the game.

Last night however he was less effective in the attacking half of the pitch and tasked with being more defensive once again.

Which Burnley midfielder Joey Barton believes might end up coming back to bite West Brom.

Speaking on the BBC 5 Live commentary of the game last night the former QPR and Manchester City midfielder stated:

"I can't see Saido Berahino being happy with playing so far behind Salomon Rondon.

"He is just playing a defensive shift for the team and he is getting frustrated.

"That smile he had on his face on Saturday might not last too long."

There is no doubt that Berahino wants to be playing as a striker for West Brom. That does not however look likely under the management of Tony Pulis - who is more entitled to go with one big man up top.

After a brief spell of happiness it seems Barton is not expecting it to last for Berahino at West Brom.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch