West Brom boss Tony Pulis has urged Saido Berahino to show the club more respect after admitting the striker could feature against Southampton on Saturday.
Berahino has trained as normal all week after returning on Monday following his deadline-day outburst in which he claimed he would never play again for Jeremy Peace. West Brom rejected two deadline-day bids from Tottenham for the England Under-21 striker, which prompted Berahino’s outburst on Twitter,
“I have no problems at all, he could play on Saturday,” said Pulis. The respect Saido should have shown the football club and supporters wasn’t there. He has to show them more respect.
“My big issue with Saido is he is immature at times in the way he reacts. Something he has done in the two windows since I’ve been here, his reaction has not been sensible.
“For him to want go to another club, to have the ambition to do that, I wish there were more players in my dressing room who had the ambition and quality to want to do that but the problem with it is the way he has gone about it and the way it has been managed.
“The way it has been managed has been poor. But I’m more concerned with getting Sadio getting back playing football.”
Pulis, though, admitted he felt sorry for the 22-year-old, who lost his father in the Burundi civil war.
“He is a young lad and we have to understand and recognise that he has missed the greatest mentor he could have had in his life at an early age with his dad passing away. He has not had the guidance and the solid background a lot of us have been fortunate to have,” added Pulis.
Berahino, who has missed the last three games because of the Spurs transfer saga, could feature at The Hawthorns with doubts over the fitness of Salomon Rondon, who only arrived back in the UK on Thursday after scoring a last-gasp equaliser for Venezuela against Panama on Tuesday night.