West Brom boss Tony Pulis says unsettled striker Saido Berahino is “nowhere near as fit” as he would like him.
The 22-year-old striker started the midweek FA Cup win at Peterborough, but he has only started eight Premier League games this season – his last been on October 31.
Former Albion boss Steve Clarke believes his lack of game time is starting to show on his fitness and has says the England Under-21 striker needs to lose some weight and Pulis has admitted Berahino’s fitness is not up to scratch.
“Saido’s nowhere near as fit or sharp as we want him, it’s going to take a bit of time but hopefully we can get him to good level,” said Pulis.
Berahino, who has not scored a Premier League goal since 17 October, is expected to return to the bench at Everton on Saturday as injury-hit West Brom try to arrest their slump in form.
“We picked up some injuries, we’ve got one or two knocks. We’ll look at Evans, Brunt and Dawson but McAuley won’t make it,” added Pulis.
“Everton are a good side, it’s going to be tough, but we’ve got to go there and make sure we put a show on.”