Kemar Roofe sticks up for West Brom star Saido Berahino

Kemar Roofe has defended his former West Bromwich Albion teammate Saido Berahino.

Former West Bromwich Albion youth prospect Kemar Roofe has defended his old Baggies teammate Saido Berahino, insisting he is 'misunderstood'.

Berahino has had a difficult season, struggling for form after transfers in consecutive transfer windows failed to materialise.

His attitude has been called into question by manager Tony Pulis, and he has been on the bench as much as he has been in the starting line-up.

Speaking to The Times, Roofe stuck up for the former England under-21 international striker.

He said: "Saido’s a good character. He’s misunderstood, definitely.

"He’s been through a lot, got through that and turned it all into a positive. Being in the limelight so young is going to be difficult. Everyone’s looking at him.

"Any little mistake he makes is going to be blown out of all proportion compared to anyone else, which I think is unfair but it’s what comes with success."

Roofe played alongside Berahino in West Brom's academy, and while the Burundi born striker has become a Premier League star, Roofe has had to go a different route.

He was sold by the Baggies without starting a Premier League game, and was sold to Oxford United.

This year he has netted 23 goals in all competitions for the League Two side, reinvigorating his career.

Berahino, 22, has scored just four Premier League goals in 26 games, 14 of which have been starts.

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