West Brom manager Tony Pulis plays down Saido Berahino exit comments

West Bromwich Albion Saido Berahino

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis has played down comments by striker Saido Berahino that he will “go on to bigger things” in the summer.

The Albion forward has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season, earning a call-up into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for his endeavours.

There was much speculation regarding his future during the January transfer window but the 21-year-old remained at the Hawthorns.

Pulis has elected to adopt the softly-softly approach with Berahino but has urged him to be more careful when dealing with the media.

“He’s been in the naughty chair – but he’s okay. It’s not too far from my desk,” said the Baggies boss.

“Again, I do feel he’s gone and done an interview for something else, not for what he ended up talking about.”

Berahino is likely to start up front for West Brom in their game against Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Pulis’ team are 2.95 to win away to Burnley (2.45), who currently trail their visitors by two points.

With things getting tight at the foot of the table it is set to be key encounter and the draw is 3.10 with Dafabet.

Berahino may have his mind set on a big-money summer move away from the Midlands but his manager has left him in no uncertain terms over the best way to go about it.

“The most important thing Saido has got to do is don’t talk about what he wants to do – but actually go out there and do it. That’s what all the good players do,” Pulis added.

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