Tottenham striker target slammed by ex-boss for being overweight
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Saido Berahino has been advised by his former manager to get back in shape in order to resurrect his goalscoring form.
The striker has struggled to make an impact for West Brom this season after the disappointment of his failed move to Tottenham last summer and the Baggies’ refusal to sell him again in January.
Berahino has been on the fringes of the West Brom team for most of this season and Steve Clarke believes he has suffered physically from his bit-part role.
Asked what the likely problem is with Berahino, former West Brom manager Clarke told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “That’s a great question – you should probably ask Tony [Pulis]. He did well for me. He made his breakthrough into the first-team while I was manager at West Brom, and he was good. He’s a boy who just wants to play football.
“There’s one thing I would say about Saido, and I saw it a little bit last night in the cup, is that he looks a little bit heavy to me.
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“He’s always had little ups and downs in his weight and I think the fact he’s not been playing regularly means he’s maybe just put on a couple of kilos.
“It would certainly serve him better if he lost a little bit of weight.”
Spurs were keen to land the forward on the back of a prolific campaign which saw him net 20 goals, but he has failed to deliver the same output this season after slipping down the pecking order at the Hawthorns.
Berahino has started just eight of West Brom’s 25 Premier League matches, scoring just three goals. In all competitions, his 23 appearances have yielded six goals.