- Striker has not scored competitively in 890 days
- Stoke manager says Championship can help him fire again
Gary Rowett believes Stoke City’s relegation to the Championship may help Saido Berahino rediscover his goalscoring touch, with the striker’s last competitive goal coming more than two years ago. When City kick off against Leeds on Sunday it will be 890 days since Berahino last struck competitively, for West Brom against Crystal Palace on 27 February 2016, but Rowett, since his appointment in May, has been impressed with the player’s attitude since his appointment in May.
The 24-year-old striker has struggled with fitness and form but staff at Stoke have told Rowett that Berahino is in the best shape he has been since his £12m arrival from West Bromwich Albion last year. He admitted to “losing his way” at West Brom, while he was ordered to train away from the Stoke first team under Paul Lambert at the end of last season after being reprimanded for poor time-keeping, b. But Rowett insistssays Berahino has been given a clean slate this summer.