After failing to make good on his strike threats, poor man’s Arthur Scargill Saido Berahino has returned to the West Brom fold in a blaze of goals.
Boss Tony Pulis reintegrated the Burundi-born striker at Aston Villa after he initially vowed never to don the club’s colours so long as chairman Jeremy Peace – who refused to cave under the weight of Tottenham’s insubstantial offers to sign the player on transfer deadline day – called the shots.
With two goals in as many starts since his ill-advised outburst of petulance, Berahino’s latest misdemeanours appear to have been forgiven.
Whether the 22-year-old is happy slumming it with West Brom when he could be watching Premier League football from the enviable vantage point of the Spurs bench is yet to be confirmed, but the England hopeful will soon be thankful to those who compelled him to stay at the Hawthorns, if he isn’t already.
The regular starting spot Pulis affords him is exactly what’s required if Berahino is to make Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.
With Harry Kane commanding the only central striking role at White Hart Lane and competition for places out wide stiff at best, he would’ve been far from assured of a spot on Mauricio Pochettino’s teamsheet.
When confident and playing frequently, goals are easy enough for Berahino to come by.
England have already booked their place at Euro 2016 and Hodgson will doubtless don his lab coat and safety goggles for the Three Lions’ remaining qualifiers, presenting fringe players and untried youngsters the chance to impress.
After making the squad but failing to win a cap once last season, an on-song Berahino will almost certainly be given an opportunity at international level, especially with mainstay strikers such as Kane and Wayne Rooney short of goals so far this season.
Should he bag an England goal and maintain the standard he is setting at West Brom, Hodgson will have no choice but to take him to France.
Simultaneously, prospering with the Baggies after his high-profile spat with the club will go a long way to repairing a reputation heavily tarnished by such childishness, bringing him closer to that big-club move he craves.