Irvine: Berahino going nowhere

West Brom boss Alan Irvine says rising star Saido Berahino will not be sold this month.

Last Updated: 17/08/14 at 13:49 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham boss Kit Symons wants Ross McCormack to stay

Post comment

Kit Symons insists Ross McCormack is staying at Fulham after helping put Sheffield Wednesday to the sword.

Transfer news: Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore admits interest in signing Ched Evans

Post comment

Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore has revealed he would like to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

All Articles

Saido Berahino: Will not be sold, says A

Saido Berahino: Will not be sold, says A

Berahino, 21, scored both West Brom’s goals in the season-opening 2-2 draw with Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.

The England Under-21 striker caught the eye with nine goals last season and he reminded the league of his talents again against the Black Cats.

But Irvine is confident the club would not consider a sale.

Irvine said: "I think everybody should know about him already, but I can't see any way this club would be interested in letting Saido go. You can't let top young English talented players go.

"It could be a very big season for him. He is a terrific lad, he is very talented and he works very hard at his game. He is a pleasure to work with.

"He has got a love for football and with the talent and professional attitude he has got, I think he could be a very good player for this season and beyond."

Irvine himself is under pressure to hit the ground running at The Hawthorns having been the club's surprise choice as new head coach.

The Scot was David Moyes' assistant for five years at Everton but his only previous spells as a manager, at Preston and Sheffield Wednesday, were outside the top flight.

His reign did not start well as Lee Cattermole fired Sunderland ahead with a stunning long-range strike after just five minutes.

Berahino levelled with a penalty after Valentin Roberge was adjudged to have fouled Victor Anichebe despite only minimal contact - even Irvine admitted the decision was "soft".

Berahino added a second after 74 minutes but Sebastian Larsson snatched a point for the Black Cats by rounding off a fine move five minutes from time.

Irvine said: "The first game of the season is always special because you've spent a long time working towards it.

"But it was special for me as well, to do it in the Premier League was something different. The actual occasion was similar to a big game elsewhere."

Record £10million signing Brown Ideye did not get off the bench.

Irvine said of the Nigerian: "He's been with us for a week. He is in good condition physically but I think it would be a big ask for him, physically and in understanding what we need him to do.

"He is still getting to know the names of everyone. It is asking a lot to throw someone into a Premier League game at that point."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Premier League: Neil Warnock blasts officials after Crystal Palace's 3-0 defeat at Man City

Neil Warnock said the decision to disallow a Crystal Palace goal in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was "disgraceful".

Jose Mourinho rejects idea of retrospective action against divers

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says it would be a "disaster" to punish divers retrospectively.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are prepared to spend in January

Arsene Wenger says he won't buy for the sake of it but has vowed to spend in January if the right player is available.

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property