Paul Merson says he feels Saido Berahino has been badly advised.
Former Arsenal and Aston Villa midfielder Paul Merson says he feels sorry for Saido Berahino.
The England under-21 international had submitted a transfer request, and then sent a tweet last night expressing his displeasure at the way the saga has unfolded.
Sad how i cant say exactly how the club has treated me but i can officially say i will never play Jeremy Peace.— Saido Berahino (@SBerahino) September 1, 2015
Merson told SkySports News HQ, in a segment broadcast at 7pm, that he felt Berahino had been poorly advised.
He said: "I feel sorry for the lad, because he must have pressed that button and thought what have I done?
"He cannot not play, they'll stop his wages.
"It's unbelievable. Everybody wants to play football. I really think he's been badly advised here."
What is unclear is whether Berahino even consulted anybody before sending the controversial tweet.
The England under-21 international faces months on the sidelines if he sticks to his word.
If he did run it past his agent, who approved it, then clearly it was poor advice, but when a footballer has the ability to communicate to thousands of fans, making unfiltered comments via twitter, there is very little than can be done to stop him - and now he must deal with any fallout which comes his way.