After netting the winning goal against Hull, West Brom striker Saido Berahino refused to rule out the possibility of leaving the Hawthorns in January.
A performance and scoreline that had all the hallmarks of new boss Tony Pulis stamped all over it allowed the Baggies to move two points clear of the relegation places, the last of which is occupied by the slain Yorkshire club.
In scoring the winner, Berahino moved onto nine goals for the season, the same number as Manchester City bound Wilfried Bony, who has commanded a transfer fee in the region of £30m.
Liverpool have been repeatedly linked with a move for the Burundi-born goal-getter and, when quizzed about his future, this is what he had to say:
“I’m playing, I can’t complain. I’m starting to score goals again, which I’m enjoying. That’s as far as it goes.
“Obviously I’ve got big ambitions, but at the moment I’m a West Brom player and I’m enjoying my football.”
With a kitty-bolstering sum of money sure to be received for his services, the Throstles shouldn’t worry about this non-committal statement from the 21-year-old, with the club anything but dependent on him to survive.
He may be their top-scorer, but as he exemplified at Crystal Palace, a diminutive, fleet-footed striker is far from a staple in a Pulis-schooled side.
Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie – both wingers – were stand-out performers for the Welshman as he guided the Eagles away from relegation certainties into sanctuary of mid-table last term.
Hard-working, powerful frontmen such as Cameron Jerome or Glenn Murray were regularly entrusted with line-leading duties.
Imposing figures were his first-choice strikers at Stoke too, with Kenwyne Jones, Ricardo Fuller and Peter Crouch among those most often deployed during Pulis’ Britannia tenure.
While Berahino – whose reported tardiness in turning up to training and recent drink driving incident have seen his attitude called into question – is obviously a huge talent, he isn’t the archetypal forward picked by the baseball cap-clad coach.
If he is to successfully mastermind a survival bid for the west Midlands outfit, Pulis is going to need funds and selling their most valuable asset would generate a transfer fee north of £20m based on Bony’s valuation.
With this money a physical striker to complement the two already on the roster – Victor Anichebe and Brown Ideye – could be sourced as well as any other resources Pulis deems necessary.