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‘He has been incredibly bright’ – Stoke City boss Rowett hails rejuvenated Berahino

7:46 AM EDT 9/26/18
Saido Berahino Stoke City 2018-19
After breaking his 913-day goal drought, the Burundi international has continued to impress and has received the praise of his gaffer

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has hailed Saido Berahino for his recent performances for the club this season.

The forward struggled after joining the side in 2017 failing to score for two-and-a-half years but broke the deadlock in a League Cup game against Huddersfield Town and has not looked back.

On Saturday, the 25-year-old came off the bench to score his third goal of the season and assisted Tom Ince for the second goal in their 3-2 loss to Blackburn Rovers.

And the 44-year-old tactician has lauded the recent performances of the Burundi international ahead of their League Cup tie with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening.

“He has been incredibly bright when he has been involved, and what pleases me most is that he has been able to make an impact when he has come off the bench because sometimes when a player drops out of the team, and then comes on as a sub it can have an adverse effect,” Rowett said in a pre-match press conference.

“He has reacted in the perfect way though and I have told him that whether he starts or whether he doesn’t, if he continues to do what he has been doing, then there will always have opportunities to score goals.

“The group as a whole are appreciating the work he has done on the training pitches to turn his career here around, and that was an important thing for me in the summer. I told him then that he needed to earn the trust back of his teammates and he has done that.

“It is early days and there is still a lot of work to do, but he has scored three goals and assisted a couple of others too, so his performance levels have certainly been one of the positives to a difficult start to the season.”