Darren Fletcher admits he doesn’t really understand Saido Berahino’s strike threat

Saido Berahino

West Brom striker Berahino was not allowed to sign for Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Darren Fletcher has admitted that he does not understand why Saido Berahino attempted to go on strike at West Brom, following the failure of his proposed transfer to Tottenham on deadline day.

When asked if he understood Berahino’s actions, Fletcher said: “Not really, no. You try to speak to him and tell him a certain way to do things, but it's about emotions really. But it's fine. The good thing for us at the club is that he's still here. The club feel they never got what they wanted for him, they still want him to be here and that's the case.”

Berahino took to Twitter following the close of the transfer window to express his anger at still being tied down to West Brom, and aired his frustration at chairman Jeremy Peace.

It was Peace who refused to sanction Berahino’s sale, despite Spurs making four offers, and the striker claimed he would never play for the club again whilst Peace was still in charge.

However, he took his place on the substitutes bench last weekend against Southampton, and he came on to a positive reception from the Baggies support.

He could be in line to make his first start for West Brom since their game with Watford this weekend, with Tony Pulis’ men taking on Aston Villa.

Fletcher is surprised by the way he acted, but the West Brom captain has many years worth of experience over the forward.

Berahino is a young player, who wanted to move to a team with better prospects than his current side - Tottenham are fighting for Europe, whilst West Brom are a mid-table side - and he had every right to express his frustration.

However, the fall out has caused more issues than expected, and only now do things look like they are getting back to normality at the Hawthorns.

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