West Brom coach Gerry Francis has identified Saido Berahino as one of the reasons behind the side’s recent upturn in results.
The 64-year-old moved to the Hawthorns with boss Tony Pulis having worked with him at Crystal Palace in the past and he helps out with the backroom staff.
And Francis has noticed the impact 22-year-old Berahino has had on the side since he was pitched back into the reckoning following the closure of the January transfer window when it was certain that he would be staying put until the summer.
Until then Pulis had left Berahino on the fringes of the first-team, but his return to the fray has been followed with one defeat in seven games and wins against Crystal Palace, Everton and Manchester United not to mention an impressive 2-2 draw at league leaders Leicester.
And Francis said on Sky Sports: “I think it’s coincided with Saido Berahino coming back to real form and back in the team.
“It’s made a difference with Salomon [Rondon] up front in terms of linking up together and the team have really bounced back well and played some really good stuff – certainly we want to keep that going if we can.”