Pulis: Berahino sent to France to “top himself up” following fitness concerns

Scott Heavey/Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion hasn’t gotten the production that they would have hoped for from Saido Berahino.

[ MORE: Kane could return to Spurs lineup for North London Derby ]

That’s why manager Tony Pulis sent him to France to improve his fitness. Pulis spoke to the press ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leicester City, and addressed the striker’s absence from the team.

“Saido’s off at the moment in a fitness center, working with a fella that I worked with when I was very young in management, 20 years ago,” Pulis said at Friday’s press conference. “He will be in France for four days to top himself up, and he’s going to go through everything that we’ve done so far to enable him to be at a level that, fingers crossed, when he does come back he’ll be sharp and able to maintain Premier League football.

“Saido’s bought into this. The fella that he’s going out to see has got a lot of experience. I know him personally; we’re not sending him somewhere I don’t know. He’ll look at everything we’ve done, assess what we’ve done and make a judgement on what Saido has to do over the next two weeks before the Burnley game.

The 23-year-old striker has appeared just four times this season for the Premier League side, having gone goalless in those matches. Berahino was looking to return to his form of two years ago when he notched 20 goals across all competitions for the Baggies.

[ MORE: Guardiola says Yaya Toure apology “good news for Man City” ]

West Brom currently sits in 16th place in the PL, just three points above the drop zone. Much of the team’s inadequacies this season have been due to the squad’s lack of goalscoring. The side has managed just 10 goals in as many matches, which ranks 14th in the league.