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Pulis: Berahino will be in squad

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis is prepared to unleash Saido Berahino at Everton but insisted the Baggies are not a one-man team.

The striker is available for Monday's trip to Goodison Park following his 12-month driving ban after he pleaded guilty to drink-driving on Friday.

He was originally due to appear on Monday but saw the date moved forward at short notice.

And Pulis has no problem with the 21-year-old playing, but insisted Albion will not rely on him against the Toffees.

He said: "From a football point of view he will be in the squad. I will have a chat with him if I feel it is necessary and if it's not necessary I will leave it.

"He has been a good kid since I walked in through the door. He has been fine. He has to make sure he maintains that.

"I think the rest of the players have done OK as well. We have got other players who can score goals, other players who hopefully, if given the opportunity if we don't play Saido, will step in and put a shift in.

"It isn't a one-man team. It certainly isn't a one-man team in respect of how young and inexperienced Saido is."

The Baggies are a point behind 13th placed Everton but just two points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone.

But Pulis, who is only without the injured Jonas Olsson, remains relaxed about West Brom banking early points, with their final four games against Manchester United, Newcastle, Chelsea and Arsenal.

He said: " Every time I have been in the Premier League the points are important. Every game is three points, irrespective of who you are playing.

"If we knew what was going to happen we would all be on an island in Barbados in the West Indies. Who'd have thought Sunderland would have got the points they got at the back end of last season?

"They had an unbelievable run-in and they ended up getting the points and staying up. Nobody gave us a chance when we went to Palace, so if we need the points from the last five games we need the points and we have to make sure we get them by hook or by crook.

"That's life. You can't give up and say: 'If we don't do that it is all over with five games to go'."

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