Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea hopes of landing Saido Berahino have been given another boost after West Brom boss Tony Pulis said the attacker was lucky to be a substitute against Newcastle earlier today.
The temperamental forward was the focus of a number of transfer bids from Spurs in the summer, but the Baggies dug their heels in and refused to sell the Burundi-born star.
Since then Berahino has failed to replicate the feats of last season, with the versatile attacker used sparingly by Pulis and seemingly struggling to come to terms with his failed move to White Hart Lane.
Chelsea have also been linked with a January move for the English star, with an exit from The Hawthorns looking increasingly likely.
With usual striker Salomon Rondon suspended for today’s clash against Newcastle, Berahino was being tipped to lead the line but Pulis opted to field Rickie Lambert instead.
The 22-year-old came off the bench as a 70th minute substitute for James Morrison, but the Baggies boss revealed that he was lucky to play any part against Newcastle.
“With Saido, I’m an experienced manager and things go on at a football club which determine whether a player is in a team or not,” The Daily Mail quote Pulis as saying.
“Today Saido is lucky to be on the bench never mind starting. There are things that go on at a football club that people don’t see.
“He’s a smashing kid but he lets himself down at times. There’s no problem (now). It’s been sorted out.”