Saido Berahino Ready to Put Behind Difficult past for a Bright Stoke Future

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Stoke City forward Saido Berahino says that he is keen towards making a fresh start in his career after joining Mark Hughes’ team in January.


Berahino has been a forgotten man in the last 12 months after falling out of at West Brom. The striker was linked with a move to Tottenham a few years ago. Upon learning that West Brom were not interested in even considering the offer, Berahino went on a strike and fell out with the club officials. The situation did not improve under manager Tony Pulis, who is widely known for getting the best out of centre forwards.

Berahino hit a low point when he tested positive for a banned recreational drug. This led to an eight-week suspension just ahead of the move to Stoke City in January. It is understood that Stoke were not aware about this suspension. Yet, they have decided to move on with the player starting to feature regularly as a substitute for Stoke City since February.

Berahino is yet to start the game for Stoke, while he is also yet to score in the fourth matches he has come on as a substitute. Yet,Berahino is confident of reviving his career, while he is also strong enough to admit that he made several naive mistakes.

“The past is the past. I’m naive at times, and it’s easy to pick on people’s wrongs – no one seems to focus on what’s great.Sometimes you have to be stronger than that, put your hand up and accept that you made mistakes and try to move on as quick as possible. We know football doesn’t wait for anybody. I’m stronger now.No one knows the full story – it’s hard as a person that you’re accused of all these headlines, and no one was there to see what happened,” said Berahino.