West Brom forward Saido Berahino releases statement about the last year

Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino

Remember when this man was the next big thing?

Said Berahino had the world at his feet just a few years ago. 

After scoring 20 goals in the 2014/15 season plenty of big clubs were linked with a swoop to sign Berahino, including most notably, Tottenham. 

After Berahino’s proposed transfer to Spurs fell through on the final day of the summer transfer window, his form has never been quite the same.

The 23 year old has barely played for West Brom this season and has struggled for form whenever he has. 

“In turmoil”

Berahino has been at a “conditioning camp” in the South of France trying to rediscover his fitness and form. 

On Sunday, Berahino took the extraordinary move of releasing a statement through the West Brom website, detailing how he has struggled to focus over the last 12 months.

Berhaino has returned to the south of France for further conditioning work and will play no part in West Brom’s match against Burnley on Monday.

The full Saido Berhaino statement

Berahino: “I have had a good, constructive talk with Tony Pulis and the Club’s senior management and we all agree this is the best way forward for me. This last year has been the most difficult of my career and it has left me short of the form and fitness required for the Premier League.

The West Brom striker continues: “I have never been a player who lacked confidence or a belief in himself but that has been where I have found myself and it has hit me hard. It has left me feeling depressed and struggling for focus which has made it even more difficult to regain full fitness.

Berhaino adds: “Constant speculation in the media doesn’t help and I have made this statement in the hope that it will respect my privacy and determination to get my career back on track. I want to thank the Club for its support throughout what has been a period of turmoil for me. It may not have always seemed as if I have appreciated the efforts of everyone here to help me but believe me I do. Albion has been my second home and the Club that has brought me this far. It has never turned its back on me and when I need it most has been at my side.

The statement continues: “I want to thank my team mates who have been willing me on and providing positive support. I want nothing more than to earn my place alongside them and get back on the pitch scoring again. I also need to speak directly to the Albion fans. I know many are angry with me and feel I have let down their club. I have to deal with that criticism. But I know from the messages of support I receive there are many who still believe in me. I want them to know that I intend to do everything I can to repay that faith while also hopefully winning over those who doubt me.”