Darren Fletcher on how West Bromwich Albion teammates have treated Saido Berahino since deadline-day antics

Saido Berahino

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino made no secret of his desire to join Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day.

West Bromwich Albion captain Darren Fletcher insists that Saido Berahino is still a popular member of the dressing room, despite his deadline day antics.

Berahino made no secret of his disappointment that a move to Tottenham Hotspur fell through, as reported by Sky Sports, but Fletcher insists that his reaction has not impacted on the way the club's players have treated him.

The Scotland international says that although he has personal had a private discussion with him, the rest of his teammates have simply made a joke out of the situation and have been keen to ensure that he stays focussed. 

"He is a good lad and he’s well liked in the dressing room," he told Albion's official site.  “He trains really hard and he’s got an ambition to be a top player.

“He is determined to do well, he always wants the ball. I have had a word to him and we’ll keep that private and the lads have given him a bit of stick.

“Sometimes that’s the best way because it takes away the tension. Somebody comes in and has a little bit of a go at him and a little bit of banter and I’m sure he feels like one of the lads again, which he very much is.

“I think a couple of the older lads have maybe tried to help him but there has not been anyone having a go. It’s like we’ve tried to do since we’ve been here, trying to educate him and help him."

Berahino made his first appearance for West Brom since the close of the transfer window against Southampton at the weekend, and the reaction he received from the club's supporters was largely positive.

On his day the forward is one of the Baggies most talented stars, and it will be crucial to their chances this season that he re-finds his top form, despite off the field distractions. 

Berahino notched 20 times in all competitions last year, and he is arguably Tony Pulis' side's most dangerous goal threat. 

He has a lot of making up to do now, though, and it will be important that his teammates can ensure that his sole focus is one West Brom if they are to get the best out of him this term. 

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