Tottenham can save Saido Berahino’s career

Jul 29, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino prior to the 2015 MLS All Star Game against the MLS All Stars at Dick
Jul 29, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino prior to the 2015 MLS All Star Game against the MLS All Stars at Dick /

Tottenham are the perfect club to save Saido Berahino’s career

It’s safe to say that Saido Berahino’s career isn’t going as the English star would like. Fortunately, his West Brom contract will only keep him under Tony Pulis’ reign for six more months. When that purgatory ends, the talented centre forward needs to seek refuge at Tottenham.

The idea of Berahino making the move to North London isn’t anything new. Each of the last three transfer windows have been littered with rumors and innuendo about a potential move. Unfortunately for Berahino, West Brom have repeatedly refused to let him complete what many believe is his dream move.

The upside for Berahino is that now he’s free to negotiate with whatever club he chooses. That means he can finally make the move to play for Mauricio Pochettino. West Brom would still receive a fee determined by an independent tribunal, but it wouldn’t come near the £25 million Spurs offered the Baggies previously.

The real question is whether or not Tottenham are still interested in acquiring the troubled star. It’s been a lost season for Berahino this year. He’s only managed to make four Premier League appearances for Pulis’ side and hasn’t found the back of the net. Nothing about this year’s performance indicates he’s ready for the challenge of becoming a Tottenham player.

Despite his failings this season, I have a feeling that Berahino and Tottenham should gamble on one another. The logic for Spurs is pretty straight forward. They can acquire a young striker for a very modest transfer fee. If Berahino doesn’t perform, they can ship him away with little fuss. It’s a no-risk transaction from Pochettino’s perspective.

Signing with Spurs would be a serious gamble for Berahino. There’s a significant chance that he can’t get in the type of shape that Pochettino will require. If he thinks Tony Pulis is tough, he may not enjoy life under Pochettino. Still, if he really thinks Tottenham is where he belongs, it might inspire him to get in top shape.

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If that happened, he has the ability to be one of the best strikers in the Premier League. His style of play would also fit perfectly at White Hart Lane. He has the athleticism to be a key part of the club’s high pressing system. Berahino could easily transform into the perfect second striker to both play with, and provide cover for Harry Kane.

If Saido Berahino does move to Tottenham, it’s going to be a transfer met with derision and malaise by most fans. However, it could turn out to be one of the summer’s most impactful moves. White Hart Lane is the perfect place for Berahino to get his career back on track if he’s serious about fulfilling his vast potential.