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Tony Pulis: 'Saido Berahino needs to grow up'

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis tells Saido Berahino that he needs to "grow up" and focus on his football.

West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis has told Saido Berahino that he needs to "grow up" and focus on his football.

The 22-year-old striker was the subject of several bids from Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the transfer window, and he later hit out at chairman Jeremy Peace after the club turned them down.

Berahino has been named in West Brom's final Premier League squad, but Pulis has made it clear that the England Under-21 man has to regain the trust of the supporters and his teammates.

"Saido's problem has been how he's gone about it. I spoke to Saido and told him not to get involved in anything else but football but again, unfortunately, he didn't listen. By handing in a transfer request, he only antagonised the whole situation," Pulis told the Daily Mail.

"Respect has to be earned and Saido has to learn that lesson. West Brom have nurtured Saido's career for over a decade, they deserve the utmost respect and at times unwillingly he has shown them little. He has to grow up and wise up to the fact that people at West Brom have supported him right from the beginning of his career.

"It will be difficult to integrate Saido into this group. His attitude will be questioned. The supporters will also be looking for a player who wears their badge with commitment and honesty, they will want to see Saido showing the respect they deserve."

Berahino has scored 29 goals in 83 games for West Brom.


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Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns on August 10, 2015
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