Terry Wills on Albion and England.
Back to normal this week, or just an uneasy truce as the Saido Berahino saga rumbles on? Never can I remember an Albion player creating daily nationwide headlines for all the wrong reasons, namely his ill-advised stupid and naive comments.
So where does that leave him concerning his relationship with the club, head coach, players and fans? In Tony Pulis he’s fortunate to have a boss doing everything in his power in an attempt to repair the damage caused.
Will it have the desired effect? Will fellow players openly say they understand his situation or as James Morrison stated, “He should pay respect to the club” and from the supporters point of view will they be prepared to forgive and forget or as many have bluntly intimated in not sao many words, forget him and let him play with the kids?
Enough of this for now. Let’s look ahead starting with Saturday’s Greed League game against Southampton. A positive performance and three points would be a major boost. The intriguing question of course surrounds Tony Poulis’ team selection. Will he bring Berahino back into the squad after a few days training?
He may but I suspect it’s likely to come down to his proffered formation; 4-5-1 or 4-4-2 or any other formation known only to himself. Intriguingly as it’s Southampton will he decide that Rickie Lambert should play against one of his old clubs paired with new boy Solomon Rondon?
It’s all speculation but one thing’s for certain – a win would be a major boost before next week’s game away against the old enemy. No, not Wolverhampton Wanderers -for us senior supporters it can only be Aston Villa.
Finally, after watching Germany beat Scotland in a European qualifying game I reckon England have as much chance of being crowned European Champions as I have of winning the National Lottery – and I don’t buy a ticket. The Switzerland game was, again in my opinion, drab and boring, unlike switching channels to enjoy watching England thumping the Aussies at Old Trafford.