West Brom boss Tony Pulis admits striker Saido Berahino has not been the same player since his desired move to Tottenham Hotspur was thwarted during the last transfer window.
Pulis told the press when asked about the striker’s form: “I think what is in Saido’s best interests is to get as fit as he was last year and get playing as well as he did last year, and that’s the most important thing. As I’ve said before, wash everything else away – he has been given a God given talent and the last six months for whatever reason he hasn’t fulfilled the potential, you know the kid’s got unbelievable potential, and he hasn’t fulfilled that. And he certainly hasn’t been on a level that we had him last year. He needs to get back to that for his own sake – not for anybody elses, but for his own sake. The best place to do it I think is here – because you have got quite a lot of people here who want him to be successful.”
The Baggies boss insists that he does not feel that Tottenham tried to treat Berahino as a commodity: “No, I’m not sure Daniel (Levy) is like that. I’m not sure Mauricio (Pochettino) is like that. I think they see him as a good player and they want good players at Tottenham. You have a look at the squad that he has put together and the squad that is at Tottenham now, they are very, very close to being a top four team. On Saturday, this will probably be as hard a game as we’ve had and they are very fit.”
“What you’ve got to do, you’ve got to keep things bubbling at the top because you’ve got to get results – if you don’t get results, you don’t get the time to do it. Everybody knows that. But underneath you like to put in place things that you think would last for quite a bit of time. We are starting to get little things done and it’s important that you do that and it’s important that other things all build in.”
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