SAIDO Berahino has apologised to West Brom fans for the way he behaved in the latter stages of his Albion career and admits he could have handled the situation better.
The England striker, who joined Stoke for £12million earlier in the week, hasn’t played since September after a breakdown in his relationship with the club.
It all stemmed from the 2014-15 season when Albion blocked a move to Spurs and Berahino announced, via Twitter, that he would never play under former chairman Jeremy Peace.
Baggies boss Tony Pulis has said all along that the rebel striker would only be sold at a price that is right for the club.
With his contract due to run out at the end of the season, Albion decided the time was right to cash in. Makes sense, especially as he has hardly kicked a ball this season.
Berahino admits it has been a ‘tough two years’ but accepts he brought it on himself. Or at least his agent and so-called advisers did.
His career has been in limbo but now he is looking forward to getting back on track – once he’s rediscovered full match fitness.
There’s no doubting his quality, but his attitude needs to change. He believes he has learned some valuable lessons which will stand him in good stead in the future.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I apologise to West Brom fans and my old teammates. I didn’t handle things very well. But I’m in a good place now and looking to prove myself again with Stoke.
“For Stoke to show their faith in me is unbelievable, and the players have been very welcoming. I can’t wait to get started.”
If he does get his head right, gets his fitness back and gets among the goals, Stoke will have a bargain on their hands in a player who signed a five and a half year contract.