Date: 27th December 2014 at 5:13pm
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Head coach Alan Irvine has said that striker Saido Berahino should just focus on his game and a return to goal scoring ways and not put much stock in the growing January transfer rumours that surround him.

It’s becoming a regular event in the transfer windows now where the 21 year old gets linked with big money moves away from the club, and the latest linked is Tottenham Hotspur, but speaking to the Birmingham Mail Irvine explained quite bluntly really, but fairly.

‘At the moment it is pure speculation because we have had no offers at all as far as I’m aware, and if we have no offers then we have nothing to keep him focused about. He is our player and he had to get on with it.’

Irvine says that the speculation ‘could be a distraction’ but like all players the baseline has to be performing well and doing your job, and a consequence of that are rumours, but unless you perform the rumours go away, so players have to learn to cope with that and learn how to ignore it.

‘The speculation could be a distraction but again it’s one of those situations where he just has to play well and if he does then good things happen and we will all be delighted if he players well and so will he. That’s all he has to focus on and if that means that clubs come in and make offers then that has to be dealt with at that time. If he gets distracted the chances are he won’t play well and if he doesn’t play well then nobody will come in anyway.’

With chances falling his way against Manchester City but not coming off for him, Irvine said he felt that Berahino was trying too hard to impress again given his barren spell and form dip, but he’s been impressed with his efforts again in training and he said he’s sharpness is looking more like you would expect from him again and that’s why he got the City run out, but he just has to be a little bit more composed now and let things come naturally again, and then surely the goals will begin to flow for him and us.

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