Nearly six months after threatening to never play for West Brom again, Saido Berahino has apologized for his actions.
After chairman Jeremy Peace blocked a move for Berahino to Tottenham last summer, the 22-year-old striker took to Twitter to express his anger, claiming he would no longer play under Peace at West Brom.
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Berahino remained at The Hawthorns but has seen limited action as manager Tony Pulis has been outspoken about the player’s lack of fitness and professionalism.
Now with just 12 matches left in the season, Berahino has issued an apology for his outburst months ago, saying he is focused on finishing the year strong.
It is something I look back on and really regret. I should never have said that. I am human.
I make mistakes. I hold my hands up and I say it was a mistake from me. I just apologise to all the fans out there that have always supported me and also the club that has always believed in me.
I have missed a lot of football and I am just trying to get myself back into match fitness and sharper again like I was last season.
My focus is mainly on getting back to what I was last season and finishing really on a high.
After scoring 20 goals in all competitions last season for the Baggies, Berahino was expected to be the star player in Tony Pulis’ side. However, he has managed just three league goals this year as his off-the-field issues have hurt his play.
Berahino’s form last year earned him a call-up to the England national team, but his chances of making the squad for the upcoming EURO’s look to have disappeared after his tumultuous season with West Brom. The best thing he can do is finish the season, score some goals to help the Baggies push towards a top-half finish, and then maybe he can get his much-desired move away from the club next summer.