Steve Clarke says it is a shame about Saido Berahino's season

The former West Brom manager is not happy to see his former player struggling.

It has been a tough season for Saido Berahino.

The West Brom striker was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer but West Brom blocked any potential transfer.

It led to the forward posting some regrettable tweets and spending much of the season out of the team and out of form.

One man who knows him very well is former West Brim manager Steve Clarke. He first brought Berahino into first-team action and has been discussing the season his former player has had on Sky Sports News HQ this week (06/05/2016).

He feels that Berahino struggled to stay in shape throughout the season and believes he is a player who needs to be in top physical condition to thrive:

“I think it’s a shame what happened to him this season to be honest.

“He obviously allowed his head to be turned a little bit at the start of the season, which you can understand. He’s a young boy, he’s still got to mature and grow up a little bit.

“When he lost his focus, I don’t know if it’s true or not, but just looking at him he looked to me as if he’d gone a little bit heavy.

“He’s a player that has to be in top condition.”

Berahino has played 34 times this season and scored just seven goals, with a lot of his appearances coming from the subs bench.

It has certainly not been the ideal campaign for the player whose future remains up in the air.

With his contract with the club expiring at the end of next season the 22-year-old would appear unlikely to be signing a new deal any time soon.

Perhaps a summer sale would be best for all parties.

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