West Bromwich Albion have hit a patch of very good form of late, claiming their second win in two games on Monday evening.
It was the perfect evening for West Bromwich Albion on Monday as they tore apart a Burnley side that had previously been in very good form. The 4-0 scoreline did not flatter the Baggies as there was a huge amount of optimism flowing between the fans and players.
Not that anyone needed further encouragement, but Gareth McAuley has cited that Saido Berahino's promise to earn the respect of everyone at the club back is further improving the optimism around The Hawthorns, as reported by the Express and Star.
West Brom were not thinking about the struggles of striker Berahino on Monday as their entire team seemed to click throughout the 90 minutes as they blew Burnley away. The 4-0 scoreline was a very impressive one for the Baggies and the win made it two from two following their win over Leicester City before the international break.
As the dust settles on that victory though, the fans will know that the return of a fully fit and firing Berahino would only enhance their side, something they have been desperate to see of late. That is why McAuley's claims will encourage them hugely.
He told the Express and Star: "Saido is a good kid. Deep down you could tell he wasn't right and wasn't focused for a while. He just didn't look as confident in himself and the last thing we want is for Saido to not get back from that.
"He has probably lost his way a little bit which is disappointing for him and disappointing for us as well but it seems as if he is starting to get his head right. He is starting to realise and that can only be good for everyone.
"He says he wants to earn the respect of everyone again and that is great to hear. Hopefully for him and for the football club he can do that."
The problems Berahino has encountered are not ones that West Brom's fans will have been happy to see, with the striker a talent they would have regarded as having a very bright future at the club.
He has of course had his problems, but for as long as he remains a Baggies player, the fans will only want to see him at 100 per cent both for himself and the club's well being.
His time away from football seems to be helping though and he is edging back towards full fitness.
His promise to regain the respect of everyone at the club seems to suggest he is in it for the long haul and if he can rediscover his scoring form, there is no telling how much further he could take Tony Pulis's side.