Date: 9th May 2016 at 7:14pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis was tasked with questions about Saido Berahino and Jonathan Leko following the Bournemouth draw at the weekend.

With Berahino questions obviously being about his future at the club over the summer and potential interest in him from other suitors, presumably the question was based more on the fact that with 12 months left on his deal, Albion would be forced to sell the youngster more cheaply than last summer where four bids from Tottenham Hotspur were rejected on deadline day.

Not so for Pulis – he doesn’t believe Jeremy Peace does bargains.

‘I don’t think my chairman does bargains. I know they’re talking about it, but you come and work with my chairman – he doesn’t do bargains.’

Where this fell in the press conference I don’t know, but there were also some interesting words about the impressive Leko and there is simple read across to Berahino’s more recent times with the club.

‘Leko has got unbelievable talent, but talent alone doesn`t make a player. You`ve got to have big character, dedication, and you`ve got to be focused. And without those other three building blocks he won`t reach the potential that he`s got. Ability alone doesn`t work, you`ve got to have them with it. Especially today, there`s so much going on it`s easy to be distracted, so he has to make sure he gets them. It`s up to us he gets that into him, and that we make sure he keeps his feet on the ground. He`s got a couple of solid pros in that group who will keep him right if he steps out of line, and I will if I get a sniff that he`s doing something he shouldn`t.’

I think everyone is expecting another busy summer when it comes to Berahino, but Leko certainly looked a tasty player against Bournemouth and his confidence at going at people was a delight to watch.

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