Just imagine; Tottenham Hotspur could have had Saido Berahino leading their line at one point.
How pleasing is it to know that scenario never came to fruition?! Especially after witnessing what has happened to the 25-year-old over the last couple of seasons.
Spurs were seriously interested in bringing the former West Bromwich Albion forward to White Hart Lane, with the Daily Mail claiming back in 2016 that the club were ready to push on with their charge to sign him.
Daniel Levy had been knocked back in the previous two transfer windows for him and it was not too difficult to see why he had wanted to bring him to north London.
In the 2014/15 campaign, Berahino netted 20 goals in his 45 matches across all competitions and was even called up to the England international squad by Roy Hodgson (Guardian); although he has since switched allegiances to Burundi.
Since then, he may have got his move away from the Hawthorns (joining Stoke for a £12m fee, BBC), but things went seriously downhill for him.
Following that impressive campaign, the forward had failed to hit a goal in 913 days (two-and-a-half years to you and I) before netting for Stoke (Goal) during this season’s Carabao Cup.
Things did not improve though, as Berahino netted just five goals in total as the Potters remain stuck in the Championship, whilst he has had to deal with some rather challenging legal dramas off the pitch recently (BBC).
Mauricio Pochettino admitted he had been frustrated that he could not land Berahino and compared it to a love story; what a romantic!
“It’s like when you are in love with some lady,” the Argentine told the BBC. “There are a lot of women around the world, but you want only one. “Sometimes it is impossible. It’s about love. And in football it is the same.”
It will be a case of ‘what could have been’ for Tottenham if they did sign him, however, with how things have turned out for the forward, it was certainly a bullet dodged for Levy and co.
Tottenham fans, what are your thoughts on dodging a deal for Berahino? Let us know below!