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Saido Berahino got his act together for Mum

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West Brom striker Saido Berahino got his act together when he realised how much his Twitter meltdown and six-month spell on the sidelines affected his mum.

The 22-year-old striker threatened to strike on social media at the end of last summer's transfer window when Albion chairman Jeremy Peace refused to sell him to Tottenham.

Berahino was reunited with his family after fleeing his native country of Burundi as a lone 10-year-old, and the forward is understandably close to his mother.

He told the Sun: "I needed to look at my life. I had to get my act together. It affected my family, especially my mum and I feel really bad about that. What I did was not on. I had to make a fresh start.

"After the transfer window closed last month, I realised I was going to stay at West Brom, so I programmed myself to get fit.

"I have never said I don't want to play for the club but I did not react well to the situation. I apologised to the fans because I disrespected them and the club. For six months, I let a lot of people down."

Albion have been unstoppable since Berahino was reinstated into the starting line-up, picking up 10 points out of a possible 12.

Top scorer for the past two seasons, the young marksman found it difficult waiting in the wings.

He said: "It hurt being on the bench for so long. It was a wake-up call. I should have handled it better with the chairman, I know that.

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"I want to play the game at the highest level but, obviously, I went about it the wrong way."

Now, though, everything is rosy between Berahino and Peace. The player continued: "We don't have a headmaster-school pupil relationship.

"It is different to that and I am pleased things have been resolved."

Describing social media as a 'dark place', Albion's striker insists he's not a robot.

He said: "It's a shame we're not seen as normal people. Should one mistake be the end for me? Of course not but I had to learn a very tough lesson."

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