Saido Berahino targets West Brom return after kickstarting career

"I still support them, I still follow their games, my friend plays for them. If they came back for me, 100 per cent I would go back."

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Saido Berahino of West Brom celebrates scoring his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West B
Image: Saido Berahino scored 14 Premier League goals for West Brom in 2014-15

Saido Berahino would jump at the chance to return to West Brom after kickstarting his career at Zulte Waregem.

The striker burst onto the scene at The Hawthorns during the 2013-14 season and was ahead of Harry Kane in the England U21s pecking order under Gareth Southgate.

But Berahino's career went on a sharp downward spiral after a move to Tottenham in 2015 collapsed, with an unhappy spell at Stoke followed by a surprise summer move to Belgium.

The 26-year-old has shown promise at Zulte Waregem and would be open to a return to England, especially former club West Brom, who sit second in the Sky Bet Championship.

"I think the only thing that it changed was the way people viewed me," Berahino said on the Spurs transfer saga. "It brought in extra pressure that I didn't need at the time.

West Brom forward Saido Berahino
Image: Berahino left WBA in 2017 after 13 years - coming through their youth system

"I think if I had somebody around me that told me: 'Look, Saido, you're not going to move, forget about it - you've already done it, you've already proven that you can attract a big club, now let's go and attract two or three big clubs'.

"I never had that type of guidance. I just thought 'wow, my life is ended', really.

Also See:

"[I thought] 'I want to play Champions League, I want to'… no disrespect to West Brom. I loved my time at West Brom. Even if West Brom came back for me, I would jump back as soon as I can."

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Saido Berahino of Stoke City looks dejected during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Bristol City at Bet365 Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Image: After two years with Stoke, Berahino left England for Zulte Waregem in Belgium

Asked to clarify that comment, Berahino told the Counter Attack Podcast: "100 per cent. I love West Brom.

"I still support them, I still follow their games, my friend plays for them. If they came back for me, 100 per cent I would go back. 100 per cent.

"But I just felt that at the time I'd had had a great season and Tottenham's come in and that's going to improve my level even more, playing with other good players.

"Obviously the manager as well that they had at the time [Mauricio Pochettino] was really into young players, so I thought it would develop my progress fast if I went there. But obviously it didn't work out that way so it is what it is."

Join Sky Bet Club and track your progress towards a £5 free Bet

Join Sky Bet Club and track your progress towards a £5 free Bet

Opt in and bet £25 or more before 23:59 on Sunday. Free bets credited by 7pm on Monday.

Around Sky