Date: 22nd November 2016 at 11:59am
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With news that Saido Berahino had now returned to the South of France to continue his work at the conditioning camp he enrolled in the other month to get his fitness in shape, the player has now released a statement talking about the last 12 months.

The statement was carried by as you’d expect to be honest and the club explained that the decision to return to the training camp followed talks between the player, head coach Tony Pulis and senior staff at the club – with the decision taken that the change of scenary and the environment would better aide him in return to full fitness and obviously action for us.

Clearly with Berahino’s statement involving the words ‘turmoil’ and ‘depressed’, along with a request for the media to leave him be and let him focus on getting himself straight, getting out of the country and away from the sensationalised ‘red tops’ isn’t a bad idea at all from purely a human perspective.

The statement reads.

‘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. 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. 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.’

Berahino went on to say.

‘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. 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.’

With many fans clearly having their own impressions of our former starlet given – well history – and social media, shall we say, misadventures, he also wanted to address that element.

‘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.’

Whilst plenty could still no doubt be won over this season, see Berahino return to first team duties, form, fitness and effort once again – it would be remiss to not point out there would also be those who would only be won over now, given history, with an apology for previous behaviour, along with the signing of a new deal and commitment on the pitch.

Berahino’s talent is clear for all to see, and it’s a shame it’s come to this – but for a large number of fans a parting of the ways would be best now, but credit to the club for their attitude towards this, and ultimately the ball is in Saido’s hands when it comes to his last quote to the fans.

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