As far as falls from grace go, Saido Berahino hit the ground hard. The striker had an incredible season with West Bromwich Albion during the 2014/15 season where he scored 14 Premier League goals and was one of Tottenham Hotspur’s top targets.
Things quickly fell apart for the then-England U21 international as his move to Tottenham was blocked by West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace. The striker spectacularly tweeted that he would never play for Peace or West Brom again as his dream moved was taken away from him.
It was a bold move by Berahino, and one that was ultimately fuelled by emotion, but it was one that would signal the beginning of the end of the striker as his fall from grace begun. The following season, the 2015/16 campaign, saw him feature 31 times in the league, despite his earlier claims, and he scored just four times.
After another dismal season as a Baggie where he appeared just four times for a combined total of 245 minutes without coring, Berahino was finally allowed to leave The Hawthorns, but by this point the chance to move to Tottenham was well and truly gone. Instead, the striker moved to Stoke where he looked to get back to his very best.
That never happened though, and in 56 games as a Potter since he made that move he can count the number of goals he’s scored on one hand. Things get worse, though, as in the week he was charged drink-driving and is set to appear in Magistrates Court on March 6th.
Alongside the awful conviction of drink-driving, one of Berahino’s only other memorable moments in a Stoke shirt was when he became the latest name on the list of players to have missed two penalties in a single Premier League game when Heurelho Gomes denied him twice from 12 yards.
The way back for Berahino is certainly a long one from here, and that’s if he makes it back at all. At the age of 25, though, the striker has plenty of time to atone for the mistakes he’s made in his career and he’ll be desperate to show new Stoke City boss Nathan Jones that he can still cut it at the top level.