2 – Saido Berahino
The West Bromwich Albion outcast has been gazing at the exit door at the Hawthorns for the best part of a year now, but it seems, finally, he will have to wait no longer. This time around, the Baggies will be in no position to play games with Berahino, as the striker’s current deal expires at the end of the coming season.
Between losing the player for free and potentially recouping £15 million from the striker’s eventual sale, I think we may know which route West Brom will choose to go down. Tottenham Hotspur haven’t followed up their interest from last season after signing AZ Alkmaar’s Vincent Janssen instead for £17 million, but the likes of West Ham United and Stoke City appear to be fully engaged in the race to sign the striker.
Berahino’s profile itself could be a good fit for Southampton, strengthening an attack that has been vacated by key figures. The 22-year-old’s goal return has taken a hit over the past season, his morale and well-being at West Brom being the most likely reason for finding the back of the net just four times in the Premier League. A total of 14 goals were racked up in his 2014/15 campaign, however, with the striker’s age offering plenty of room for improvement in the future.
A happy Berahino may well restore a generous portion of the goals expected to be missed at Southampton this season, meanwhile also adding further depth to the Saints’ wide areas.