Monday 24 October 2016

Saido Berahino could start for West Brom as Tony Pulis notes better behaviour

Published 31/12/2015 | 12:26

Tony Pulis, right, has been critical of Saido Berahino's behaviour
Tony Pulis, right, has been critical of Saido Berahino's behaviour

West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists Saido Berahino has improved his behaviour after he was warned about his attitude.

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The striker could now start against Stoke on Saturday after Pulis claimed he was lucky to be on the bench for Monday's 1-0 win over Newcastle.

He was a substitute for the eighth straight game as Pulis hinted at behind-the-scenes troubles.

Berahino's time-keeping is understood to have been a problem in the past and it has been his general attitude which Pulis has taken issue with, not any specific flashpoint, but the boss has drawn a line under it.

"It's got nothing to do with anybody apart from me and Saido," Pulis said.

"He's trained well this week, he's been in on time and he's done everything that everyone else has done.

"He just lapses, it's not because he's a bad lad or anything. It's just the way he is, it's just him growing up and recognising it's about the group, about the team, and the football club.

"That's all done and dusted, we've moved on from that.

"The kid came on and did really well for 30 minutes (against Newcastle) and he's got a great chance of playing on Saturday."

Berahino has scored just three goals this season after threatening to strike on deadline day when the Baggies rejected two bids from Tottenham.

West Brom are braced for further interest from Spurs in the transfer window after they rejected four offers in total in the summer.

Any deal will have to be significantly better business for the Baggies with the previous bids based around clauses and Tottenham's final amount rising to £23million in several stages.

And Pulis reiterated Albion's stance on selling the 22-year-old.

"I was asked that question two (transfer) windows ago and I said exactly the same," he told a press conference. "The club would love to keep him."

Salomon Rondon and James McClean remain banned for the Baggies and the club will assess Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe (both hamstring) ahead of the visit of Stoke.

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