Tony Pulis claims Saido Berahino wasn't the same after failed Tottenham transfer

Saido Berahino of Zulte and Franky Dury, head coach of Zulte, during the Jupiler Pro League match between Sint-Truidense VV and SV Zulte Waregem at Stayen on August 24, 2019 in Sint-...

Tottenham Hotspur made multiple bids for the then-West Bromwich Albion striker in 2015.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis prior to kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Middlesbrough at Liberty Stadium on April 6, 2019 in Swansea, Wales.

Tony Pulis has claimed that Saido Berahino was 'never the same' after a proposed move from West Bromwich Albion to Tottenham Hotspur failed to materialise in 2015.

Berahino had scored 20 goals in 45 games for West Brom the previous campaign - prompting multiple bids from Tottenham, which started at £15 million, according to BBC Sport.

After the Baggies refused Spurs' advances, the Burundi international tweeted that he would never again play for the club whose academy system he progressed through.

Despite having patched things up with West Brom, Berahino failed to recapture his previous form and was sold to Stoke City for £12m 18 months later.

 

But after two-and-a-half fruitless campaigns, the 26-year-old was freed from his contract and recently signed for the Belgian side Zulte Waragem, for whom he has scored three goals in four games this season.

According to Pulis, it is the sort of form Berahino should have been showing on a much bigger stage.

"Saido was going to play for England," the former Baggies boss told The Telegraph. "He was outstanding in that season at West Brom and we’d probably have gone down without his goals. When he didn’t get the move to Spurs he was never the same again.

Saido Berahino of Zulte and Franky Dury, head coach of Zulte, during the Jupiler Pro League match between Sint-Truidense VV and SV Zulte Waregem at Stayen on August 24, 2019 in Sint-...

"It really affected him. All the people around him didn’t take responsibility to look after him. I went to his house and met his mum one night to try and turn it all around. But he never had that glint in his eye again."

Since they failed to sign Berahino, Tottenham have secured four consecutive Champions League finishes, and reached the final of the competition last season.

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