Alan Shearer has said that Saido Berahino needs to apology to everybody at West Brom today if he gets a move to Newcastle, or anywhere else.
The 22 year old striker is a ‘smashing kid’ according to people Shearer has talked to, who know the player well.
Something that makes Alan Shearer wonder just who is advising Berahino about his football decisions.
The Newcastle legend finds it incredible that the young forward has found himself without a Premier League start in over three months, having been the sixth top scorer in the Premier League last season and having only two English players (Kane and Austin) score more.
With two goals at the weekend in the FA Cup, Saido Berahino has shown he hasn’t lost his eye for goal.
If Newcastle sign the striker today, Alan Shearer says that for the spending in these last two windows Mike Ashley will deserve credit.
Like the two Premier League players already signed, Shearer says that if Berahino signs for Newcastle he will need to perform on the pitch to show that his positives far outweigh the negatives he would bring with him. The former Newcastle number nine saying that both Shelvey and Townsend also have work to do if they are to experience total success in repairing their reputations.
Alan Shearer writing for The Sun:
‘Right now, you hear the name Saido Berahino and think ‘troublemaker’.
The story of his upbringing is incredible as he travelled alone at the age of ten to England to escape the troubles in his homeland of Burundi which had claimed his father’s life. Nobody should appreciate what this game can give you more than Berahino.
Which is why he needs to put these unfortunate last three months behind him and learn from the experience.
The Baggies did not appreciate the valuation Spurs put on a player they rate at £30million. That is their right and Berahino should have appreciated that.
Instead, he told the world he was never playing for the club again and, for the last three months, he barely has.
I’m told by people who know him better than me, that he is in fact ‘a smashing kid’, which makes me wonder who on earth is advising him.
Today, there is every likelihood he will get that big move he craves, with my old club Newcastle a possible beneficiary if they match Albion’s asking price.
If that move goes through, he needs to publicly apologise to West Brom fans and Tony Pulis for the last three months.
Then it is about repairing his reputation. That means getting his head down and playing football.
I remain to be convinced Berahino is a goal-every-two-games No 9 but he can undoubtedly score and has qualities in other areas of the pitch.
If he does join Newcastle it will take Mike Ashley’s spending to over £100milllion since the summer and for that he can’t be faulted.
With the riches on offer next season he has realised that investment is needed to ensure the Toon remain with the elite.
Of the signings already made by Ashley, £12m man Jonjo Shelvey is another who needs to repair his reputation after a rather messy exit from Swansea.
And fellow £12m signing Andros Townsend is a player who keeps promising much and now needs to consistently deliver.’