Darren Fletcher has warned Saido Berahino to ‘get his head down’ for West Brom given the possibility he does not get a summer move.
The Baggies skipper spoke out after Wednesday evening’s 2-1 friendly defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in Schladming, Austria, in which Berahino played.
The 22-year-old looked certain to be leaving the Hawthorns in this summer transfer window as he is now in the final year of his current contract and recently rejected a new deal from the club.
A move to Stoke appears to have gone cold and there is a possibility he might have to see out his contract with Albion this coming season.
And, having witnessed Berahino’s form suffer following his spat with chairman Jeremy Peace after he was not granted a move to Tottenham last summer, Fletcher is hoping for no repeat this time around.
“If he signs, great, and if he doesn’t he might be here for another season so we want him to get his head down and score as many goals as possible,” said Fletcher to the Express & Star.
“We want good players to stay here because you have to pay a lot of money to replace them and Saido is no different.
“We know Saido is a great goalscorer and you need goalscorers in this league, but we need a Saido who is fit and strong and with his head wanting to play for West Bromwich Albion.”
Fletcher added: “If he signs his new contract it shows he wants to be here and he can get back to showing people what a great player and a great goalscorer he is. If he doesn’t, we just hope he gets his head down and gives 100 per cent and helps the team.”