West Brom desperate to keep Saido Berahino

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West Bromwich Albion's top goalscorer has helped them avoid relegation this season, and at the tender age of 21 Saido Berahino's influence has caught the eye of those teams higher up the league table. Attention that West Brom manager Tony Pulis is quick to cool.

On the day his side entertain champions Chelsea, Tony Pulis has had to deal with the prospect that his star striker could be on his way out of the club.

The 21-year-old has bagged 12 league goals this season and has helped the Baggies retain their Premier League status after what was a rocky start to the campaign. 

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England hopeful Berahino has also endured a difficult period however, having not scored in his last nine games, with his last strike coming in the defeat in the West Midlands Derby against rivals Aston Villa almost two months ago.

Pulis spoke about the players form in an interview with Sky Sports recently, claiming that the player hasn't ran out of steam and is still learning from his mistakes.

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"I worry a little about him but it is not a physical burnout," he said, "it is a mental burnout as much as anything else."

Pulis impressed by Berahino 

Berahino's electric form earlier in the season saw him linked with moves to Liverpool after enjoying a purple patch in front of goal. However since then his influence has diminished just as West Brom's season has fizzled out also.

Pulis was wary of the threat that a new club would be looking to snatch away a player that has been carrying an injury hit frontline all season, and the Baggies coach claims he's handled the pressure exceptionally well.

He added: "We have only had three strikers this year and the kid has taken all the weight on his shoulders."

Pulis wants Berahino to stay

Berahino famously indicated his attention to leave the Midlands side earlier in the season when Liverpool were said to be snooping around for the player, however Pulis believes the player has truly settled since the turn of the year and could be at the club for a long time.

"I think he has a better rapport now with everybody around the football club," Pulis continued. "I think he could do with another 10 years at West Bromwich Albion!"

Berahino is set to decide on his future at the end of the season, with suitors looking to take him off Pulis' hands - and although West Brom will be eager to keep the England hopeful who is off to the Under-21 European Championships this summer, it looks like he could be playing his last few games for West Brom providing he puts in a few strong performances in the England side.

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