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Published: 10:53 | 21/4/17

Hughes has faith in Berahino


Mark Hughes feels it is only a matter of time before Saido Berahino gets on the scoresheet for Stoke.

Berahino has yet to find the back of the net for the Potters since finalising his move to the bet365 Stadium from West Brom, but Hughes believes his hard work in training will soon pay dividends on the pitch.

"I think everybody can see he's getting stronger. He needs a goal, that's what all strikers need to settle into a club. He's been close in recent weeks and it's only a matter of time," Hughes said.

"Maybe people thought he deserved a few more minutes because he was getting close, but that's a decision as manager I have to make.

"He will score goals before the end of the season, we are convinced of that, and even if he doesn't he will be in good shape for next season.

"He will probably be disappointed when the season ends because he's just starting to get going."

Hughes was booed for his decision to replace Berahino and Charlie Adam in a double substitution against Hull last weekend, but it proved the correct call as Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters inspired a 3-1 win.

Reflecting on his decision to take Berahino off, Hughes told reporters: "My interpretation is that a number of people didn't agree with my decision to take him (Berahino) off.

"It wasn't that he was playing poorly, but we needed to change our approach.

"My view was that Jon and Peter would give the opposition a different problem and you want your subs to have an impact and I have to say they did that.

"It's not a reflection on how Saido was playing. Far from it, he was having one of his more effective games."

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