West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis admits the ongoing speculation surrounding Saido Berahino’s future has affected the forward in ways he has never seen.
Tottenham had four bids rejected for Berahino during the summer transfer window, and the 22-year-old also threatened to never play for West Brom again after two of those offers were turned down on deadline day.
Berahino, who subsequently backed down from his initial threat, has scored just three goals this season and has been named on the substitutes’ bench for the last six matches.
Pulis said: “It is the first time I have had to manage this situation. I have been in management a long time, but it is the first time someone has had that opportunity and has not gone and then he has just faded away as much as Saido has.
“I am not blaming the kid one bit about that, it is just the way it has been. Obviously, with the press focusing on what he is going to do and what he is not going to do, it is going to point the gun firmly at him again. He has got to make sure that he gets his head in gear and performs well. You can’t condemn people.”