Tony Pulis has urged Saido Berahino to “get his head down” because West Brom need him to rediscover his best form.
Pulis thinks Berahino hasn’t been the same player since the club denied him the chance to join Tottenham on transfer deadline day just over a year ago.
West Brom scored four times last weekend against West Ham without Berahino taking any part, with Salomon Rondon and recent club-record signing Nacer Chadli now seemingly the first-choice attacking pairing.
However, Albion head coach Pulis insists there is still a place for the former England Under-21 international if he can get himself back on track.
“Everything is closed down again now and we’ve still got Saido,” Pulis said. “We need to make sure we get the best out of him because on his best form he is a top, top player and we need as many of those as we can lay our hands on.
“He was the best player here when I arrived at the club. He really was top guy. What did he get? Something like 12 goals in 18 games?
“But we never got him back after all that business. We’ve got to make sure we get him back.
“Saido needs to get his head down and get his level of fitness back and if he does that then he’ll be in demand because he’s an out-and-out goalscorer at the top level. So hopefully he gets back to fitness and gets his mind focused and we have him in the squad. We need him.
“Hopefully now he can focus on playing football and getting himself fit and ready to get back in the team.”