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Stoke City set to open talks with goal-shy attacker



Stoke City manager Gary Rowett will sit down for talks with Saido Berahino, according to The Telegraph.

The club will allow Rowett to make a decision on Berahino’s future following Stoke’s relegation to the Championship.

Berahino’s goal drought extends beyond his time at Stoke.

The former England under-21 star made a £12m switch to Stoke in January 2017 but has not scored a single goal in a year and a half with the club.

His last goal came in February 2016, when he netted West Bromwich Albion’s third in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.

But nevertheless, Rowett may choose to give Berahino another chance in the second tier and discussions are expected to take place soon over his future at the bet365 Stadium.

The 24-year-old has had his problems in the past, including a drink driving offence, the use of legal highs and some attitude problems which caused him to force a move away from West Brom.

After being completely left out of the Stoke squad towards the end of last season under Paul Lambert, Berahino will now meet Rowett for talks to see where his future lies.

Rowett has eluded to the fact that Berahino may be given a chance, drawing comparisons with his prolific forward at Derby County last season Matej Vydra.

He said: “When you look at someone like Saido’s quality – I had a similar situation with Vydra at Derby, where he hadn’t had a very good season so you look and ask if you can reignite some of those players.”

The Verdict

This is a tricky question because it is hard to tell whether Berahino is just not the player he once was at West Brom or whether he just needs to rediscover his confidence.

It will be over two and a half years since his last professional goal by the start of next season and Rowett knows that keeping him will be a risk.

But perhaps dropping down a division and playing a starring role in the Championship is just what the striker needs to get his career back on track.

Stoke fans – Does Berahino deserve another shot? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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