Stoke City’s Mark Hughes could give Saido Berahino his first start for the Potters


Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said he expects Saido Berahino to make an impact against Tottenham Hotspur and could start the striker this weekend.

Berahino, 23, has made two substitute appearances for the Potters so far, and is in contention for more game time after returning from a five-day training camp in Dubai with the rest of the squad.

Hughes: “He’s looking really sharp.

“He’s not a million miles away, if it’s not this weekend then he’s very close to it.

“I’m really pleased with what he’s producing and doing extra work predominantly on finishing and movements around the box just for sharpness.

“Obviously if you haven’t played for too long then it’s about timing and strikers like to hear the ball hitting the back of the net so he’s getting plenty of opportunities to do that during training and with the extra work he’s doing.”

The English striker was a £25 million target for Spurs in 2015 but couldn’t prise him away from West Bromwich Albion before his move to the Potters last month.

Hughes also gave updates on several other players who are returning to training, including Geoff Cameron who has not featured since October.

The American international midfielder, 31, has been out with a hyperextended knee in a win against Hull on 22nd October.

“We’ve got a few that joined in training for the first time, Hughes added on his squad ahead of Sunday’s game at White Hart Lane.

“Cameron and Johnathan Walters but it might be a little bit too soon to involve them at the weekend.

“Xherdan Shariqi’s had a number of training sessions as well and Glen Johnson trained today but hasn’t had too many training sessions.

“There’s a number of players that we have to check what options I’ve got but we’re getting stronger and we need to be for the remaining 13 games of the season.”

Stoke City take on Spurs on Sunday, February 27 away at White Hart Lane, with a 1.30pm kick off.




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