Saido Berahino ready for first Stoke start


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Saido Berahino has been putting extra work in on the training pitch and believes he is now ready to make his first Stoke start against Tottenham on Sunday.

The former England Under-21 international moved to the bet365 Stadium from West Bromwich Albion during the January transfer window and has so far made two substitute appearances.

The 23-year-old has not started a Premier League game since September but feels he is now ready to feature in Mark Hughes’ starting line-up.

“I have been doing a lot of work with the group but also a lot, every day, away from them, too, to make sure I am getting my levels right back up to where we want them to be,” Berahino told the club’s website.

“The extra work has finished now because I am in good condition and now it is just about maintaining what I have and improving on that with minutes in the Premier League.”

Berahino was an unused substitute during the Potters’ 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace last time out and admits he is itching to get more minutes under his belt, starting at White Hart Lane.

The forward added: “I have already been used in a couple of games, which has been fantastic for me, but the next step is to try and start a game and then come through, that too, hopefully having made a good impact.”

Stoke are 8.00 to secure victory in north London while Mauricio Pochettino’s men are available at 1.36 and the draw is 5.00.

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