After being peppered with interest from Tottenham Hotspur over the summer, Saido Berahino has failed to live up to all the hype this season.
With the English forward in decline, Spurs may have unintentionally dodged a bullet in failing to sign the West Brom man.
There is no doubt Berahino is a superb striker, after all, 29 goals in his first two seasons for Albion is a fantastic return. The sheer fact a young English striker such as himself has made the breakthrough in the Premier League is impressive alone.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250 word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay5
However, considering the media swarm that engulfed and ultimately cracked him over the summer, Berahino’s form this season far from warrants a move to one of the country’s elite teams.
Last weekend perfectly typified this fact after a jaw-dropping miss in West Brom’s clash at Old Trafford. With the chance to draw the game level, the 22-year-old took his eye off the ball and headed over the bar from point-blank range.
Few could believe such a highly-rated forward have spurned such a gift of an opportunity, yet it proved a reminder that the striker may not be all he’s cracked up to be.
Berahino has, to his credit, scored three league goals this season, more than Wayne Rooney and Eden Hazard, but has been far from the form that would earn him a place in the Spurs first team.
After all, his goal against Aston Villa proved fortuitous loitering and the winner versus Sunderland, well, anyone can score from two yards out.
The Englishman is occasionally finding the net, but the strikes are coming in amongst a swamp of cringe-worthy misses. An equally shocking headed miss against Watford in August proved a reminder that his aerial skills are emaciated.
It is this inconsistency that has seen Salomon Rondon take a more prominent role in the West Brom squad and Berahino confined to the bench.
Although Rondon has an identical goal tally this campaign, he has hit the target with all nine of his shots in the league - the Venezuelan is simply more clinical.
Berahino is undoubtedly a talented striker and has a successful career ahead of him, but his erratic performances of late make him increasingly unlikely to be snapped up by a top-four chasing side in January.
Until the 22-year-old rediscovers his goalscoring potency of the previous two seasons and improves his heading, the forward faces more frustration on the West Brom bench.