It appears that West Brom and Tony Pulis have finally lost patience with the attitude of Saido Berahino, and are prepared to scrap contract discussions to offload the player in the summer, reports the Telegraph.
The English striker’s latest controversy has arisen as a result of an interview where he declared his desire to ‘move on to bigger things’.
In the interview, he said: “I’m taking care of my short-term goals right now and if I keep scoring goals and doing well for West Brom, I know the future will be bright for me and I’ll go a long way.”
“If I can keep them (West Brom) up and score as many goals as I can, I’m pretty sure the fans wouldn’t mind me pushing on and moving on to bigger things.”
At best, a young striker displaying his considerable self-confidence. At worst, a conceited, disrespectful ‘starlet’ showing a complete lack of respect for the club that made him.
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Berahino’s past is chequered, to say the least.
The controversial interview came only three weeks after he was banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving. He has also reportedly infuriated senior members of the dressing room.
He recently refused to celebrate any of his four goals during West Brom’s 7-0 thrashing of Gateshead, later saying he had “no need” to explain his reasons. It recently emerged that Berahino refused to celebrate because he claimed Pulis had played him when he wasn’t fully fit, something the striker appeared to throw quite a strop about.
He was also punched by team mate James Morrison in a dressing-room scuffle, which was later blamed on accusations of Berahino having a bit-too-much of a ‘big-time’ attitude.
Berahino is very talented, and will no doubt go far, but he seriously needs to control his attitude. Football is full of big characters who promise so much but almost always end up suffering for their misdemeanours in the end. Think Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano.
Tony Pulis won’t tolerate attitude like Berahino’s for long, and it will be interesting to see whether he really will depart in the summer.