Tony Pulis believes Saido Berahino will be an improved player at West Brom next season despite speculation over his future.
The Baggies chief has spoken out on the 22-year-old England international forward, who has only scored four goals in the Premier League this term having spent vast spells of time on the bench after being unsettled by Tottenham’s failed bids to sign him last summer.
Spurs and the likes of Watford and Crystal Palace have since been linked with a fresh bid to sign Berahino, who it was thought would definitely leave the Hawthorns as he is about to enter the final year of his current contract.
But Pulis has suggested that Berahino could still be a Baggies player in August and he is confident that he will rediscover the form which saw him score 20 goals in the 2014-15 season.
He told the Express & Star: “Who says he’s not going to sign another contract with us? I don’t know, do you? Wait and see.
“The big thing with Saido is that he can wash away all the nonsense again. He’s got the experience of dealing with people that just want to talk about his future all the time.
The most important thing with Saido is that he concentrates on football. Whatever happens in the summer Â– if he comes back to this football club Â– he will have learned from last year.
“He’s been given a gift, and that gift is playing football and not talking about it but doing it. If he leaves, he leaves, if he doesn’t, he’s had that experience and he’s a better person for it.”