Saido Berahino has endured a roller-coaster ride in the past few seasons, having excelled previously and attracted the attention of a number of rival clubs – only to see things falter away with his performances.
West Brom have dug their heels in for a long-time with Berahino, refusing to sell in 2015 despite the striker’s controversial tweet, where he refused to play for club chairman Jeremy Peace ever again, and have rebuffed several offers since.
The return of the transfer window this month as reignited the saga once again, with Stoke City pushing for a move, and Berahino’s consistent refusal to pen a new deal has left West Brom stuck.
Despite that, Tony Pulis heels remain firmly dug into the ground.
Unlike in 2015 though, West Brom have no real reason to rebuff any offers for the 23-year-old’s services as Berahino’s stock has fallen dramatically in the 18 months since he first pushed for an exit – and the Baggies probably should have sold to Spurs last summer.
Since scoring 20 goals across all competitions in the 2014/15 season, Berahino has managed just seven in the 18 months since- all of which came last season, as the striker is yet to find the net in his five appearances this term.
The fact Berahino has featured in only five matches says a lot too – West Brom no longer need him.
Salomon Rondon has led the line well this season, netting seven Premier League goals, whilst the Baggies could use the money from a Berahino sale to bolster their forward line.
Despite Berahino’s stock falling dramatically in the past 18 months, the Baggies should receive a decent amount for his services purely down to the fact he is English.
Stoke’s top-scorer in the Premier League this season is Joe Allen, with just five goals, which means Mark Hughes’ side don’t find themselves in a strong bargaining position.
West Brom still hold the trump cards in any potential deal but it’s time for them to approve a sale.
There’s no reason to keep hold of the striker anymore and I dare to say everybody is getting fed up of this saga.
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