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Saido Berahino is not what is needed at Chelsea

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 18 Nov 2015

West Brom striker Saido Berahino is reportedly a transfer target for reigning Premier League champions Chelsea

West Brom striker Saido Berahino is reportedly a transfer target for reigning Premier League champions Chelsea

According to the Daily Mail, West Brom striker Saido Berahino is on Chelsea’s January wish list for new signings.

The Blues are reportedly considering a £20million bid for the temperamental striker when the transfer window re-opens.

The reigning Premier League champions are definitely in need of a fresh injection of impetus, but the last thing that Chelsea needs in their dressing room at the moment is any more trouble.

Too big for his boots

Saido Berahino is a very bright, promising young forward who has proven he can score goals in the Premier League in the past few seasons. However, there are big question marks over his temperament.

The 22-year-old’s temperament has been questioned on a number occasions, but the most notable time his attitude came into question was in September on transfer deadline day. Tottenham seemed determined to sign the youngster.

After a number of failed bids Spurs gave up and Berahino threw his toys out of his pram. The striker took to social media to state he would never play for West Brom again while Jeremy Peace remained as the Baggies chairman.

He soon had to backtrack, after being excluded from the Baggies squad for a short period he is now back in the Baggies first team and has scored three goals in the top-flight this season.

The youngster has not really pulled-up any trees since returning from his exile and he may need to buy some bigger boots, as he seems far too big for his current ones.

Squad unrest at Chelsea

The Chelsea dressing room is full of big characters and egos, with the biggest ego in the dugout in boss Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea squad have done their best to dismiss rumours of a squad revolt and that the players are right behind Mourinho.

However, the team’s performances on the pitch suggest otherwise. They have gone from champions to chumps in the matter of months. A team does not become bad overnight there is obvious problems in the dressing room and the last thing that dressing room needs is a player renowned for causing problems.

I do not claim to know the Berahino, but from the outside looking in at the youngster he seems like a person who could cause trouble in a phone box. Is that really what Chelsea needs, more trouble in an already struggling dressing room?

Is Berahino the answer to Chelsea’s striking problems?

Some players have massive ability, but their poor attitude or temperament means they never fulfil their potential.

I am not questioning Berahino’s ability. For me he has a lot of promise and his 14 Premier League goals in a mediocre West Brom side proved that he does have the potential to score goals in the English top-flight.

There is also the added bonus of Berahino helping the Blues meet the home-grown quota, which the Blues struggle to do due to the number of foreign players in their squad.

On sheer potential and current ability Saido Berahino would have to be considered a viable target for Chelsea. On attitude though, the Blues should not touch the youngster with a nine foot barge pole.

Chelsea boss Mourinho is known for his man-management ability. At the moment he is struggling to manage the big characters already at the club, without introducing a notoriously controversial character into his squad in January.

Of course all this could be hypothetical if Mourinho is sacked from his position as Chelsea boss. The Blues have been awful this season and confidence is incredibly low at Stamford Bridge at the moment.

The Blues may need a new striker in January, as first choice striker Diego Costa has struggled to hit top form this season. His back-ups Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao have enjoyed limited playing time and have failed to have the desired impact on the team.

Chelsea signing Saido Berahino would be a massive gamble in January. There is also the matter of whether Berahino would be considered ahead of Costa in the pecking order at Chelsea, which seems unlikely even with the Spaniard in questionable form.

If Premier League champions  are going to strengthen their attack they have enough money  to bring in a player with talent and less question marks over temperament, even if that means not getting a player to fill one of those home-grown spots.

Would Saido Berahino be a good signing for Chelsea?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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