Saido Berahino was not in the squad on Sunday as West Bromwich Albion hosted Chelsea. The young forward is believed to not be in the right frame of mind after all the transfer rumors surrounding the 22-year-old striker.
The Daily Mail reports that WBA manager Tony Pulis kept Berahino out of the matchday squad because of the rumors surrounding the player. Tottenham has made several offers for Berahino, but they have all been dismissed. WBA chairman Jeremy Peace has stated that their young forward is not for sale. Tottenham are believed to be preparing another bid.
WBA lost the game against Chelsea 3-2. New club-record signing Salomon Rondon took Berahino’s place in the starting lineup and had a pretty good game as he had an assist and forced the sending off of Chelsea’s John Terry.
Pulis gave his opinion on the situation, and it’s clear that he isn’t happy with the current transfer window. The league starts in early August, but the transfer window doesn’t end until 1 Sep.
“Saido is a great lad,” Pulis said. “It happens where it can be disruptive, and it has been disruptive. I had a good chat with him yesterday and he’s fine, no problems, but it’s the transfer window. Why can’t we have a system where it finishes before the start of the season.”
Pulis refused to answer questions about Berahino’s future after the game against Chelsea, but once again voiced his displeasure over the transfer window.
Berahino got his breakthrough last season when he scored 20 goals in 45 games in all competitions. He also has 10 goals in 11 appearances for the English U-21 national team.