Football is full of ‘what could have been’ stories and Saido Berahino to Tottenham is certainly one of them, in a story the goes back to 2015.
The young Englishman had scored nine goals in the 2013/14 season in 35 games, before following up with 20 goals in 45 games the year after (Wikipedia).
He looked to be one of England’s brightest striker prospects, which caught the eye of a certain Mr Daniel Levy and Tottenham Hotspur.
It was reported by the Telegraph back in August 2015 that West Brom turned down a bid worth £15m for the England U21 international from Spurs, with the club valuing him at around £25m.
Needless to say, the transfer never went through and Berahino remained a West Brom player, but vowed never to play for the club again due to how they had treated him (Guardian).
He later moved to Stoke City in 2016, but only ever managed five goals in 56 games for the Potters (Wikipedia).
He now plays for Belgian side Zulte Waregem and has opened up on his failed Spurs move to media outlet, Het Nieuwsblad.
Berahino said: “That played a lot. That’s when the misery started. As a player, you want to go to the top and that was Tottenham. But the owner of West Brom wanted to sell the club.
“And I – two times the team’s top scorer, young international, twice The Young Player of The Year – was the most valuable asset of West Brom. That’s why he didn’t let me go. If he sold me, he could not sell the club for so much money.
“I didn’t understand that and couldn’t handle it. It was a selfish decision. I took it personally. I can now give lay it to rest, but that took me years. I blamed others. It killed me.”
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