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‘Fraud’, ‘Worth his fee’ – This news prompted a mixed response from Stoke City fans



Stoke City were coming off a ninth-place finish in the 2015/16 campaign and started the following season impressively.

After 21 matches in the 2016/17 season, the Potters were in ninth having won seven and drawn six times.

It was a thoroughly solid start many had come to expect from Stoke previously under Tony Pulis before Mark Hughes came in to continue.

With the January transfer window coming to a close, Stoke were after reinforcements to keep their position in the top ten and looked to bring in another striker to secure the goals to do just that.

And on January 20, 2017, Hughes snapped up the signature of Saido Berahino.

The club confirmed the capture of the West Brom man for £12million, rising to £15million based on the club’s success. 

The striker put pen-to-paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal at the Bet365 Stadium, and his arrival signalled a mixed reaction from the Potters’ fans.

Berahino made his Stoke debut on February 1, 2017, in the 1-1 home draw with Everton.

The then 23-year-old made 13 appearances for his new club that year but failed to score after his multi-million-pound move. 

Berahino had been out of favour at West Brom for a while before leaving the club after a transfer saga to Tottenham Hotspur did not come to fruition.

He was frozen out at The Hawthorns having not scored for a year.

When Hughes came in for the beleaguered forward, he jumped at the chance to make the change and resurrect his career.

Stoke would finish 13th in what was Berahino’s debut campaign with the Premier League club.

The following season, after six months at the club, much was expected from the striker having had time to settle in at his new surroundings. 

The striker had lost a stone since his arrival and looked a lot leaner and fitter ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

In what was a frustrating second year which failed to have any consistency, Berahino managed just 18 Premier League appearances.

On his 31st consecutive appearance or the club he won and missed a penalty in the 2-1 win at home to Southampton.

Feb 27 2018, it was the two year anniversary since Berahino last scored a league goal.

When Hughes was sacked and replaced with Paul Lambert, the striker, still struggling for form, was banished to the U23s side due to ill-discipline as the club’s relegation fears depended.

That year after just a clutch of appearances and still no goals, Stoke were relegated to the Championship.

Berahino remained with the club with four years left on his contract.

After 913 days without a goal, on August 28, 2018, this year, the striker notched his first goal since 2016 in the 2-0 EFL Cup win over Huddersfield Town.

He has since scored two more goals in his 11 appearances this term.

The initial reaction was mixed, and with his form the same as the response to his arrival, Stoke fans are still to see the best of Berahino who was once tipped to be one of the leading English strikers.

Potters’ fans will still be hoping there is more to come from the 25-year-old ahead of what the supporters are expecting is a successful season after relegation last time out. 

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: ‘Fraud’, ‘Worth his fee’ – This news prompted a mixed response from Stoke City fans

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