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Published: 14:35 | 17/12/15

Pulis challenges Berahino to rediscover form


West Brom manager Tony Pulis hopes Saido Berahino can return to form sooner rather than later.

Berahino netted 20 goals for West Brom last season but he has managed just three goals this year with Pulis putting his poor form down to the club's decision to reject two deadline-day bids from Tottenham.

Having been named on the bench for the Baggies last four games, Berahino asked to be included in the Under-21s 2-1 defeat at West Ham in a bit to improve his fitness but he could still find himself among the substitutes for Sunday's trip to Liverpool.

Pulis has praised the 22-year-old's attitude but has challenged him to return to form as soon as possible.

"We want him back in the fold and as good as he was last year. He was a top player for us last year," Pulis told the club's official website.

"Saido asked to play (in the under-21s). He wanted to have a game. His attitude was first class and he scored a good goal.

"He needed a game to get closer to match fitness and, over the Christmas period, with the amount of games, it's good he has got game time."

Berahino has once again been linked with a move away from the Hawthorns in the summer but Pulis has refused to be drawn on his future.

"It must be transfer window time. I haven't got a clue. I haven't spoken to Jeremy (Peace, chairman) about the window yet and about what we want to do and don't want to do. We're more concerned about the games leading up to January 1," he added.

"You can't do anything at the moment. My mind is totally and utterly focused on what we've got. They are tough games. We need to go to Anfield and put a good performance in."

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