The last 18 months have been a downward slippery slope for Saido Berahino. The West Bromwich Albion forward was supposed to have been one of the Premier League’s top strikers by now, an automatic starter for England and a leading light for one of the country’s big clubs.
Instead the 23-year-old’s career has stagnated badly and it seems the impatience of youth is to blame.
Berahino wanted it all too soon and after a blistering 2014-15 season, publicly attempted to force through a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs had indeed been interested but with the two teams still discussing the transfer fee the deal collapsed – perhaps Tottenham were put off by the player’s off-field conduct or willingness to speak out against his own club.
Either way, Berahino has remained an Albion player since, despite strong interest from Stoke City this summer. His stock has plummeted as he has never rediscovered his best form after falling foul of both manager Tony Pulis and chairman Jeremy Peace in the aftermath of the failed Spurs move.
The forward, who has yet to score this season, has angered supporters at the Hawthorns in the past on Twitter by claiming he would never play for the club again under Peace.
Baggies fans have repeatedly been wound up by what they perceive to be public bouts of stroppy immaturity and the player’s latest social media output has done little to change the pattern.
— Saido Berahino (@SBerahino) September 21, 2016
Five games into the season, the out of form forward has posted a picture from training of footballs arranged in a heart shape and the hashtag “no days off”.
It could well be that his intentions were to show he is putting in the work to get back to his best but fans of the Midlands side don’t seem to see it that way.
The post has already drawn plenty of responses pointing to the fact the player does not deserve any time off given his lack of goals and that his recent displays have seen him consigned to the bench.
It has also been pointed out by followers on the site, that he might be better served working on something worthwhile during training than arranging balls for a photo.
Regardless of Berahino’s intentions with the tweet, a bit less public activity off the pitch might be wise until he begins to produce the goods on it.