Does Saido Berahino need West Brom more than he realises? A transfer request has cast huge doubt over his future at the Baggies, but would leaving do him the world of good or would it hamper his career?
West Brom have obviously launched the England starlet's career, following his move to the Midlands from war-torn Burundi as a young lad. Coming to prominence under the hugely successful Clarke and Hodgson eras at the Hawthorns, Berahino has found his feet and found a place in his former manager's England side.
The young striker has added to his blistering pace with clinical finishing and runs that could turn defenders inside out. Tony Pulis has seemingly turned Berahino’s attitude on its head, grounding him and getting him to put 100% effort in every game.
Issues surrounding his attitude off the pitch began to overshadow his matches and the Welshman’s arrival at the Hawthorns in January allowed him to mentor Berahino and the young striker has begun to score more goals, get greater attention and called into an England squad that has been dominated by Rooney and Sturridge for long periods.
However, maybe it would be wise for Berahino to leave the Hawthorns. If Berahino does move to Tottenham, Manchester United or Liverpool, the quality of service will be better.
Tottenham or United?
Manchester United certainly need a regular scoring striker as Wayne Rooney’s advancing years see him score fewer goals as seasons push on.
Pulis’ style often pushes Berahino out to the flanks, a position which he is familiar but not adept. With the arrival of £12 million Venezuelan Salomon Rondon, Berahino may be pushed out wide more or even to the bench, to facilitate West Brom’s record signing.
It really is a catch-22 for Berahino. The possibility of greater advancement opportunities, another quality season at West Brom could see his value rise and demand for his service heighten, but a poor one could see Spurs interest cool.
Would he partner Harry Kane at White Hart Lane, or would he simply be a back-up? Neither striker has a goal in the opening three league games and both players partnered each other for Pearce and Southgate's Under-21 sides.
Rooney could tutor Berahino at Manchester United. Or Berahino could stay put and would continue to score goals for a team that is caught in mid-table but light up that team on his own. It’s a huge decision for both Berahino and West Bromwich Albion.