Speaking about Berahino, Jenas said: “One player that had a slightly more protracted situation [than Berahino] was Luka Modric. Spurs had asked him to give them one more year before they sold him and he did. What impressed me most during the whole situation was how Luka handled it. He could easily have decided to sulk or go inside himself, but he maintained an exceptional level of performance and professionalism throughout his last season with Spurs. Consequently I think Berahino could learn something from Luka. If you only ever focus on your football like Luka did, you’ll find yourself earning the opportunities you’re craving, just like he did with Real Madrid. It just takes patience.”
Modric left Spurs for Real Madrid on good terms, having continued to play - and actually improve - with the Lilywhites in his final season. This was after having a move rejected, but Modric stayed exceptionally professional, and is remembered as a hero to Spurs fans.
This is almost the complete opposite to how Berahino has handled himself at West Brom this season, after his transfer to Spurs fell through on summer deadline day when the Baggies rejected all offers.
He immediately outcast himself from the team, and has found himself only on the fringes of Tony Pulis’ squad in the following months.
Despite his lack of football, and his rapidly decreasing reputation, Berahino is still held in high regard by Spurs. The Independent reported last month that Mauricio Pochettino still wants to bring him to White Hart Lane, and will look to swoop for him this month.
However, the young forward has done little for his reputation with his recent actions as a Baggies’ player, and when he does leave - as it is now inevitable - it will not be on good terms with all those involved at the Hawthorns.
Jenas wants to see Berahino show some sort of professionalism at this stage of his career, and the youngster would be wise to heed the advice to ensure his future progresses as smoothly as possible.