Wednesday 17 January 2018

Tony Pulis to speak to Saido Berahino and his mother over dinner after striker returns to training

Saido Berahino
Saido Berahino

Sean Taylor

Saido Berahino has reported back for training at West Brom, Press Association Sport understands.

Berahino was expected back at the club's training base on Monday afternoon after being granted a period of leave following the fall out from his protracted move to Tottenham and he was there along with the rest of the Albion squad not on international duty.

It is understood the 22-year-old will take part in a session under the watchful eye of head coach Tony Pulis, who then plans to speak to the player and his mother over dinner.

Pulis now has the delicate task of reintegrating a player who last week wanted to leave.

Berahino was the subject of several bids from Tottenham during the transfer window and attempted to force through a move, first by submitting a transfer request and then with a tweet in which he threatened "I can officially say I will never play (for club chairman) Jeremy Peace".

However, Pulis insists Berahino will play for West Brom again, although he accepts he will have to work hard to win over both team-mates and fans. The player's feud with Peace, though, may rumble on.

"His gripe is with Jeremy - as far as I'm concerned, he will play for West Brom again," Pulis told the Daily Mail.

"I don't think he will talk to Jeremy. The problem is that he thinks he is being used.

"If you look at the club, Jeremy has sold players when it has suited him. Look at Shane Long, he sold him (to Hull last January) at a time when the club was left without a recognised forward. I think Saido thinks (Peace) is just looking at finances all the time.

"Saido's problem has been how he he's gone about it. I spoke to Saido and told him not to get involved in anything else but football but again, unfortunately, he didn't listen. By handing in a transfer request, he only antagonised the whole situation.

"Respect has to be earned and Saido has to learn that lesson. West Brom have nurtured Saido's career for over a decade, they deserve the utmost respect and at times unwillingly he has shown them little. He has to grow up and wise up to the fact that people at West Brom have supported him right from the beginning of his career.

"It will be difficult to integrate Saido into this group. His attitude will be questioned. The supporters will also be looking for a player who wears their badge with commitment and honesty, they will want to see Saido showing the respect they deserve."

Berahino scored 14 Barclays Premier League goals, and 20 in all competitions, last season but has played just twice so far during the current campaign, without finding the back of the net.

Pulis has not selected the striker since the goalless draw at Watford on August 15 due to concerns over his state of mind.

Berahino earned his first call-up to the senior England squad in November for games against Slovenia and Scotland.

West Brom resume league action against Southampton at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

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