Is Peter Odemwingie proof that there is no way back for outcast Saido Berahino at West Bromich Albion?

A blast from the not too distant past is proof that Saido Berahino's fallout with West Bromich Albion over a move to Tottenham Hotspur is beyond resolution.

Tottenham lodged four bids four bids for strike star Berahino – two of which came on transfer deadline day – but West Brom chief Jeremy Peace rejected all of them insisting he had "no interest" in selling one of his key players.

In the wake of the Baggies blocking Berahino's exit, the 22-year-old took to social networking site Twitter, exclaiming: "Sad how I can't say exactly how the club has treated me but I can officially say I will never play [for] Jeremy Peace."

He followed that up by posting a picture of himself on a private jet giving the thumbs up after being given time off by West Brom.

The England striker has since deleted both posts but questions remain over his future at Albion, despite plans – quite literally – for peace talks on his return.

Situation not helped by teammates?

The situation was not helped when club teammates Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt appeared to poke fun at him for the private jet photo as they made the trip to the Faroe Islands with the Northern Ireland squad.

While Berahino has been lambasted from all quarters, some fans are hoping that now the transfer window has closed he can resurrect his Albion career and be the goal threat they crave.

Given his prodigious talents West Brom can ill-afford to leave him rotting in the reserves and it would not do the club's reputation any favours either.

Does history lesson provide answers?

But the club only needs to look to their recent history for proof that Berahino's time is up given the nature of the modern game.

Peter Odemwingie was the best goalscorer the Baggies had seen in many years when he first rocked up at the Hawthorns in 2010.

The Nigerian star scored a phenomenal 30 goals in 87 games for the club, but like Berahino it all turned sour after a collapsed move away on transfer deadline day.

Odemwingie, currently with Stoke City, also launched a tirade against his club on Twitter and was famously seen outside Loftus Road in an attempt to sign for Queens Park Rangers on deadline day.

Like Berahino, he was widely criticised and accused of being 'unprofessional'.


Unlike Berahino so far, Odemwingie actually publicly apologised for his behaviour and returned to the side whereupon he was jeered by some Albion supporters.

Then manager Steve Clarke continued to use Odemwingie as a substitute which sparked another outburst from the controversial striker on Twitter.

In the end Odemwingie's position at the club became untenable and he was sold to Cardiff City for a knockdown fee given his outstanding goalscoring record in England's top flight.

It remains to be seen whether Berahino's own future is now untenable but the signs do not look good.

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