Saido Berahino’s reported trial with Birmingham City appears to have hit a stumbling block, following the latest update from journalist Alan Nixon.
It was reported by The Sun last week that Berahino was set for a trial at Championship side Birmingham, following the reported termination of his contract with the Blues’ second-tier rivals Stoke City, although this latest update appears to suggest that may no longer be the case.
Asked on Twitter about what the situation was surrounding Berahino’s trial, Nixon revealed that the striker had been a ‘no show’ at the club and that since interim Blues boss Pep Clotet had spoken with his squad about Berahino’s trail, ‘nothing’ has gone onto happen.
No show. Yet. Clotet was openly talking about it with players a week or so back. Since then … nothing. https://t.co/bpaUmRAEQM
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 12, 2019
Berahino had been on international duty earlier this summer with Burundi, representing the country of his birth at their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations, where they were knocked in the group stage after three straight defeats to Nigeria, Madagascar and Guinea.
The striker joined Stoke from West Brom in January 2017, but a number of problems on and off the field limited his impact at the bet365 Stadium, with the 25-year-old scoring just five goals in 56 appearances in all competitions for the Potters.
This really doesn’t look good for Berahino.
Given his record at Stoke in recent years, Berahino’s reputation wasn’t exactly glittering anyway, and with the striker now ending up as a no show for a trial that could have been his final chance in English football, you can’t see many other managers wanting to take a chance on him.
Admittedly Berahino may have been expecting a break following his international commitments with Burundi, but if a date has been agreed then surely he should be prioritising his long term career prospects by showing for his trial, with his outlook now appearing increasingly bleak.
It is a shame to see such a promising career go this way, but Berahino just doesn’t seem to have the attitude required to keep him in contention for places at clubs, and with his ability seemingly deserting him at Stoke as well, you wonder just how many chances he has left.