Is Saido Berahino doing all he can to resurrect his ailing career? It doesn't look like it.
It feels a long time since Saido Berahino was a name on the lips of seemingly all the striker-hungry clubs at the top of the English game. And, while tenuous links with Manchester United and Newcastle failed to translate into anything more tangible, Tottenham Hotspurs’ interest was plain for all to see.
The result of an impressive breakthrough campaign which yielded 14 goals in 32 Premier League starts and a debut England call-up, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino demanded that Berahino was the talented young forward Spurs required to transform them from perennial nearly-men to bonafide title challenges.
You could see his logic. Berahino was a quick, incisive and rapidly improving forward with an always-helpful penchant for dead-eyed finishing within the confines of the penalty box. Crucially, he was young, with potential by the bucketload. In short, an archetypal Pochettino transfer.
According to the Independent, Spurs launched three bids in the summer of 2015, peaking at £25 million on deadline day. At the time, that felt like a victory for West Brom, proof that they could resist financially lucrative offers for a player whose value could only increase.
However, just over a year later, Tony Pulis would probably consider stumping up the money himself just to palm a Saido Berahino-shaped problem onto another unfortunate manager. Four goals in his last 41 league games, plus constant questions over his attitude and commitment, is hardly befitting of a title-chasing titan, even less one managed by the famously demanding Pochettino.
It wouldn’t exactly go down particularly well with Stoke City or Crystal Palace either, who both bid in excess of £20 million this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Latest reports from Sky Sports that Berahino has been placed on a special fitness program after being found to be several pounds overweight, therefore, will have every chairman in the land wiping his brow. Fans too. Except those of a Baggies persuation, obviously.
Stories about Berahino being overweight. Can't believe WBA didn't sell him for £20M+ when they had the chance. He needs a fresh start— Football Fragmento (@footyfragmento) October 18, 2016
See berahino struggling with weight and fitness.....not playing probably isn't helping.West Brom really are gonna ruin his career— Steve Evans (@EvansMFC) October 18, 2016
Looks like Berahino gonna be added to the wasted talent list if this carries on. Stubbornness on both sides, surely selling is best for both— Dan (@danaltendorff) October 18, 2016
Loool berahino fault the club tried to ruin a big move for him. Wat a joke https://t.co/6j8ihzOGpc— Akh (@RilwanLucas) October 18, 2016
Saido Berahino has scored one league goal in the last 365 days. What a waste of a talent.— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) October 18, 2016