BBC pundit Chris Sutton believes that troubled West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino is an ‘absolute joke ‘
The 23-year-old forward has returned to France to continue to work on his fitness at a conditioning camp in the south of the country.
Berahino’s return to the continent was accompanied by a statement that revealed much about the 23-year-old’s current mental state.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live ahead of tonight’s game between West Brom and Burnley, Sutton blasted Berahino’s inability to get fit.
He said: “Saido Berahino for the past year has been an absolute joke. Going to France to get fit? Why can’t he get fit in a park in Birmingham? The least you would expect from individual players is to be fit and get to an acceptable level.
“It comes down to the player having the pride to get to a proper fitness level. He’s let himself down. He’s a massive talent and is only 23-years-old.
“What Tony Pulis is asking is the most basic thing, to get yourself fit. And there are absolutely no excuses.”
BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce added to the debate suggesting that Albion should have sold the striker when Spurs made their last bid.
“I can’t see a happy ending to the saga,” he explained.
“They made a mistake when the money was on the table, 18 months ago, the manager wanted the money, the player wanted to go, but Jeremy Peace stopped it. I think they made an awful mistake then.
“There’s a kid in the West Brom Academy called Jonathan Leko, he’s got a great attitude. Saido is 23, he’s got to grow up and fast.”