In the last few transfer windows in the Premier League we have seen a common trend among one team’s unwillingness to let a player leave the club, despite the player publicly stating he did not want to be a part of the club for a considerable amount of time.
The club and player I am referring to is none other than West Bromwich Albion and Saido Berahino. Berahino has been linked to just about every club in England over the past few years in every window possible. Teams that were reportedly in for him include Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, West Ham, and Newcastle United.
But apart from all of that interest from larger clubs who could potentially offer him European football, Stoke City came in with a bid around 13.9 million pounds and were able to come to terms with Berahino and signed him to a contract that runs until 2022.
Berahino has given West Brom manager Tony Pulis plenty of trouble over the years with his insistence that he wanted to leave the club. There was even the whole ordeal last year that he said he wouldn’t play for the club again and then was held onto during the January window. Why? No one really knows. Maybe the clubs interested just didn’t give the club what they were asking for.
Saido Berahino’s last 28 Premier League games for West Brom:
8 shots on target
0 assists pic.twitter.com/L775v18bJs
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 20, 2017
But Berahino played again for the club and seemed like he was finally calming down and playing for the club the right way. West Brom even offered him a contract extension back in December to keep him at the club for a few more seasons, however, Berahino rejected the deal and reiterated the fact that he wanted to leave the club. As of a week ago, he is a Stoke City Potter.
Berahino is still a rather young striker and could still become someone who can make a difference for the English national team down the road if given the opportunity. It is hard to believe he is only 23 years old since he has been playing for what seems like forever for West Brom. Ruling out success for a young striker is always a bad idea because it seemed like Berahino just could not find happiness at West Brom and hopefully will be able to settle in well at Stoke.
“I am only 23, I have a lot to learn. I believe it will take time to get back to where I was, but I will get there.”
That being said, Berahino could have stuck it out, stated his attention to leave at the end of the season, and could have forced his way into a bigger club. For me, it seems like a side ways move more than one to move up. If the move was based solely on happiness and the ability to thrive under a new manager, then I truly wish him well at Stoke City. If the move was to move into a “larger” club, I don’t think he accomplished that. Hopefully the relationship between his new manager Mark Hughes is better than his relationship with Tony Pulis.