KEY POINTS

  • Former West Brom superstar Saido Berahino opened up about his once promising Premier League career
  • Berahino said he was never the same player after the failed transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in 2016
  • The Burundi national team captain is now playing in the Belgian top-flight

Former English Premier League striker Saido Berahino opened up about the devastating aftermath of his failed move to Tottenham several years ago.

Before Harry Kane became Tottenham’s talisman, the Spurs were once a few steps away from sealing a deal with West Brom superstar such as Berahino.

Roughly five years ago, the Burundi international was at the height of his career, finishing the 2014-15 Premier League season with a total of 20 goals and six assists.

In 2016, Tottenham reportedly made a bid for Berahino, but it wasn’t enough to convince West Brom.

The once phenomenal striker stayed at the Hawthorns only to realize that he had missed out on the chance to flourish as a bigger star with the Spurs. Berahino now regrets everything and even admitted that it “sent him to depression.”

“I progressed too rapidly and everything went too quickly,” he recently told  DH. “It’s when West Brom refused to let me go to Spurs that the problems started for me. It was difficult for my family members to advise me because they hadn’t been in that situation.”

“I wasn’t mature enough and didn’t have the people with experience around me to give me good advice,” he continued. “I lost my focus and it sent me into a depression. If things aren’t well in your head, you won’t be able to do anything on the pitch.”

Saido Berahino West Brom 2015 Tottenham are meeting resistance with West Brom over striker Saido Berahino. Photo: Getty Images

After scoring 23 league goals in 105 appearances, the former English top-flight star finally left West Brom in 2017 to join Stoke City. He then signed with Zulte last summer before moving to Belgian club Charleroi.

Thus far, Berahino seems to have been doing well in his attempt to put his career back on track. In fact, he managed to score a goal in his debut for his new club.