Baggies striker set for match action
SAIDO Berahino will step up his footballing comeback next week with Albion planning to get the striker fit for the hectic Christmas programme.
Head coach Tony Pulis says Berahino is showing the benefits of his recent work at a French conditioning camp and has returned to the Club in “as clear a frame of mind as we have seen for a long time.”
Now, says Pulis, the player needs as much game time as possible to sharpen up his challenge for a first-team recall.
Albion had planned to arrange a private friendly to help the forward’s progress last week but were unable to pin down suitable opposition.
The next opportunity could be Monday night’s Black Country Premier League 2 derby against Wolves at Aggborough.
Whatever plans Albion devise, the Club believes a troubled period for the former England Under 21 forward is coming to a close.
“We’ve not managed to get the games organised we had in mind for a number of reasons,” explained Pulis.
“But I am pleased with how Saido has been since he returned. His mind is a lot clearer. It’s the best it’s been for a long, long time and he has been working hard in training.
“We can’t just chuck him in to the games though. There’s a game next week which we will look at but hopefully he will be ready for the Christmas period.”