Looking back on Tottenham’s £25million lucky transfer escape

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Ex-Spurs target Saido Berahino is still searching for a club after his contract at Stoke was terminated in May (BBC).

Berahino was once one of England’s most promising youngsters but issues off the pitch have led to his rapid decline (BBC).

Back in May 2015 Spurs had a £25 million bid for Berahino rejected by West Brom. This started a lengthy transfer saga that never ended with Berahino playing in a Spurs shirt (The Guardian). However in the years since it has looked more and more like Spurs had a lucky escape, with Berahino going two years without scoring a goal after being sold to Stoke for just £12 million (Evening Standard).

Now Berahino is without a club after he was convicted for drink driving and subsequently has his Stoke contract terminated. He has clubs interested in him, like Belgian side Zulte Waregem, but it is shocking how far he has fallen after the initial promise he showed (The Sun).

This could be seen as a cautionary tale for Spurs about the dangers of buying young players.

For every Dele Alli or Eriksen, there is a player who looks set to be great but never delivers. Tottenham fans will just be hoping that new youth signing Jack Clarke will be more like the former two players.

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I remember being gutted when we couldn’t get Berahino over the line back in 2015. This shows how difficult it is to tell which youth players are going to deliver on their promise. Hopefully, Jack Clarke will be able to focus on his football, unlike Berahino, and will become a valuable addition to our ranks.

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  1. I think Tottenham know too well about young so called Stars , the next big thing,the new Messi etc…one only has to look back to John Bostock,David Bentley,Marcus Edwards etc to know that just because they shine on one day and show early promise it doesn’t mean that to say that they’ll Develop into great footballers. Some do some don’t,that’s just the way it is.

  2. Although DL does not always get things 100% right he got lucky here. I remember a certain site people on it slating DL for not paying the asking price. Just goes to show that not everything that looks like gold is gold.

  3. How strange, I was actually thinking about all this in the morning.. I’ve got to say I feel like Tottenham had a big part in his downfall. Since Spurs weren’t willing to pay his valuation, didn’t he then have a public Twitter dummyspit? From that point on he began to spiral, he didn’t start as much and when he did he just wasn’t present.. It’s because Poch made it known he wanted him, but DL dragged it out as always trying to get a bargain.. I feel a little guilty about this one, had they just got it over the line early maybe Poch could have worked his magic and all this could have been avoided.. When will DL ever learn to make the deals early so we can rest easy in the offseason for once

    • Not sure how Tottenham had anything to do with his downfall. With Poch’s record with young players he may have turned out a really good find but he was only a hopeful young player with potential. He had 1 good season with WB and they based their valuation on that one season, Spurs valuation was based on potential not a proven PL striker. I would blame WB more for over valuing him and he had his head turned by Tottenham’s interest and he proved he didn’t have the mental steel to keep moving forward, not Spurs fault.
      Just a couple years earlier Spurs paid £26 million for Roberto Soldado, a proven striker and look how that turned out. Can’t blame Spurs for only wanting to pay no more than £25 million for Berahino, DL isn’t responsible for SB’s mental makeup.


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