Former players and managers turned pundits Tim Sherwood and Dean Saunders have slammed former West Brom striker Saido Berahino for his lack of effort and fitness as Stoke crashed out of the FA Cup at Coventry.
The Sky Blues knocked out the Premier League Potters 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, a result that cost Mark Hughes his job.
Berahino, who missed a great opportunity in the tie but passed it up, didn’t impress watching BT Sport pair Sherwood and Saunders.
Berahino scored 20 times in the 2014-15 season but his time at The Hawthorns nose dived and was sold by Albion to Stoke last January.
It’s nearly two years since he last scored a goal.
“Disgraceful, by the way,” Sherwood said.
“In what?” host Mark Pougatch asks. “Lack of effort, lack of movement, lack of application?”
“In everything,” Sherwood replies. “He’s everything you don’t want when you’re a manager under pressure.”
Former Wolves manager Saunders interjected: “I spoke to Berahino’s agent and I said ‘how is he?’
“He said he’s not fit, he’s a stone overweight, he’s not been playing.
“He’s not been playing so he’s put weight on.
“I said he’s a professional footballer. The only thing you can control is your body weight.
“Surely you can get yourself fit. There’s six acres of training ground - go out there and get yourself fit, or give your wages back.
Arsene Wenger has denied that Arsenal have approached West Brom over a move for captain Jonny Evans.
The Frenchman, speaking after the Gunners’ shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest on Sunday, explained that the club weren’t close to signing anybody, amid claims that they’d made an enquiry for the defender.
Evans has been strongly linked with a move away from The Hawthorns this summer, and Arsenal and Manchester City - both suitors in the summer - appear to be interested once again.
He was missing with a sore foot as Albion eased past Exeter in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday - it means he hasn't won in an Albion shirt since they BEAT Arsenal back in March.
Any move to the Emirates Stadium for Evans, however, isn’t imminent revealed Wenger.
“No,” he replied, when asked about the Northern Irishman. “I can’t give you any news on any transfer because we are not close to signing anyone.
“We signed a Greek boy, who looks quite good in training.
“But apart from that we are not on anything.”
If Albion are to conduct business of their own this month, they’ll likely have to free up wages from the existing squad.
Manager Alan Pardew has made it clear a forward is a priority, having seen his side score just four times in eight league games.