Following West Bromwich Albion’s 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday in the English Premier League, Baggies boss Alan Irvine has admitted his side must not rely on just main striker Saido Berahino for goals, as reported by Goal.
Irvine insists the rest of his team must step up in-front of goal to lift the burden off the 21-year-old striker, who is currently their top goalscorer this season so far.
“We need goal from all over the team. The only pressure that should be on Saido Berahino should be to perform at his highest levels as often as he possibly can and from the start of the season he’s done that on a consistently high basis,” Irvine said.
He added: “It’s vitally important that goals come from throughout your team. We’ve got players that can score goals, in midfield and so on, there shouldn’t be a complete dependency on Saido scoring the goals.”
Berahino went into the clash with the Magpies at The Hawthorns during the weekend in a buoyant mood having scored five goals in his previous five Premier League games, and after his maiden call-up to the England senior side.
His international call-up was suggested by a few to be the reason behind the striker’s quiet showing, but Irvine quickly dismissed the claims.
“He probably had his poorest game, but people have poor games,” he said.
“People will ask the question is it a result of what’ just happened to him during the week?’ but you can have a poor game at any time.”
“I’d like to think that what happened during the week has given him a massive boost.”