West Brom Academy Manager Mark Harrison has offered an insight into the aspects of Saido Berahino that fans don’t see.
The England under-21 international is being strongly linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but Harrison has revealed that his focus is very much on succeeding and moving forward with the Baggies.
“What people don’t report is that on Monday afternoon he asked Darren Moore to stay out and do extra training with him. People don’t hear about that,” he told the Birmingham Mail.
Berahino has come in for a little bit of criticism in relation to why he didn’t celebrate during the FA Cup win over Gateshead, but Harrison’s comments certainly suggest he cares about improving at his current club.
“I am one of his defenders, because I am bound to be. I spoke to him on Sunday and we spoke for 25 minutes about what happened on Saturday? (with the non-celebration).”
“I had texted him straight away: ‘Why didn’t you celebrate?’”
“I won’t say what he said, but if I could, people would find his answer interesting.”
The non-celebration could have been to do with a number of things not related to the Tottenham Hotspur links, but it prompted speculation that his mind wasn’t entirely focused on West Brom.
West Brom were in complete control against Gateshead and it would have been difficult for the Baggies to get themselves pumped up in the same way as a tense and hard fought Premier League game.
What’s clear is that Harrison feels Berahino is misunderstood and he’s backing him to succeed, whichever direction his career heads in.
He’s been one of the highest scoring English forwards this season, which led to his call up to the England senior side and if he continues to work hard, whether that’s at West Brom or not, Harrison believes there’s nothing he can’t achieve.