Monday 20 November 2017

Saido Berahino urged to follow Stephane Sessegnon example at West Brom

Darren Fletcher, right, has urged Saido Berahino to concentrate on his football
Darren Fletcher, right, has urged Saido Berahino to concentrate on his football

Darren Fletcher has told Saido Berahino to follow Stephane Sessegnon's road to redemption at West Brom.

Midfielder Sessegnon scored his first Albion goal since October 2014 in Saturday's last-gasp 2-1 win over Stoke.

Berahino was a substitute for the ninth straight game, only coming on as a late substitute, as his struggles this season continued.

Sessegnon was in exile at Albion at the end of last term, missing their summer tour of the United States, and only made his first league start of the season in October.

But after his performance against Stoke, Baggies captain Fletcher believes Berahino can learn from Sessegnon.

He said: "Saido is here and a part of a squad and is well-liked.

"Sess is an example to everyone. The way I always treated it when I wasn't in the team was I took it personally and trained as hard as I could and tried to show the manager and use it as a motivation and a fuel.

"It is (a fuel) to everyone. Saido is a great kid who is not in the team right now but he's got to keep his head down because he's a great talent and he's got a number of years to play.

"This might be a good learning experience for him."

Jonny Evans struck an injury-time winner for the Baggies, his first goal for the club, after Jonathan Walters had equalised with nine minutes left - just two minutes before Geoff Cameron was sent off.

Fletcher added: "I thought we were very lucky to get Jonny in the first place.

"With all due respect I was surprised none of the so-called top four clubs were looking at him because he is top class."

Stoke will consider appealing Cameron's red card, after he pushed Claudio Yacob, ahead of Tuesday's League Cup semi final first leg with Liverpool.

But boss Mark Hughes backed his side to hit back following their disappointing performance.

"Yeah, without a shadow of a doubt," he said.

"We'll check on Geoff and that'll affect my thinking in terms of the game. At this moment we don't know how that's going to pan out. We'll know by Monday sometime so at least it'll give us a bit of a heads-up over whether he's available or not.

"We'll check everyone and more often than not when we do disappoint - which we did on Saturday - we bounce back quickly."

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