Saido Berahino

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Saido Berahino
Saido Berahino (cropped).jpg
Berahino with the England U19s in 2012
Personal information
Full name Saido Berahino[1]
Date of birth (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth Burundi
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
West Bromwich Albion
Number 38
Youth career
2004–2011 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– West Bromwich Albion 32 (5)
2011–2012 Northampton Town (loan) 14 (6)
2012 Brentford (loan) 8 (4)
2012 Peterborough United (loan) 10 (2)
National team
2009 England U16 4 (3)
2009–2010 England U17 12 (6)
2010–2011 England U18 2 (2)
2011–2012 England U19 11 (3)
2011 England U20 4 (0)
2013– England U21 8 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:05, 26 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:20, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

Saido Berahino (born 4 August 1993) is a professional footballer who plays for West Bromwich Albion as a striker. Born in Burundi, he has played for England up to under-21 level. He enjoyed success whilst on several loan spells, before breaking into the West Brom squad. His first few matches saw him score a hat-trick against Newport,[3] before scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford against Manchester United.[4]

Club career[edit]

Berahino came to England at the age of 10, escaping from his native war-torn Burundi with his mother, brother and sisters.[5][6] His family were granted political asylum in Newtown, Birmingham, and he signed for the West Bromwich Albion Centre of Excellence in 2004 at under-12 level, joining from Phoenix United.[7] He progressed through the youth system of the Baggies and signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2011, on a one-year deal.

On 20 October 2011, he joined League Two side Northampton Town on a one-month loan deal.[8] He made his professional debut for the Cobblers two days later in 2–1 defeat to Bradford City at Valley Parade.[9] Saido extended his loan period twice before leaving Northampton at the beginning of February 2012. Despite leaving the club propping up the whole league, Saido had scored 6 league goals in 14 appearances.

On 9 February 2012, Berahino went out on loan again, this time at a higher level than before, by joining League One side Brentford through to the end of the season.[10] Berahino scored his first two goals for Brentford after coming on as a substitute against Carlisle United live on Sky Sports and scored another brace in a 2–0 win over Exeter City one month later. After the match, the club's coach Alan Kernaghan praised Berahino and said: "Saido got the nod and he did well, but this was win built on a strong defensive performance as shown by another clean sheet."[11] Due to arguments with Manager Uwe Rösler,[12] the loan spell with Brentford ended early after 7 games (4 goals) due to personal reasons and returned to West Bromwich Albion on 3 April 2012.[13]

Berahino made his debut for West Brom as a substitute against Yeovil Town in a League Cup tie on 28 August 2012.[14] He signed on loan for Championship club Peterborough United on 1 October 2012[15] Shortly joining Peterborough United, Berahino made his debut in a 2–0 win over Barnsley. Several weeks later, Berahino was the mastermind when he made a double assist for George Boyd and four days later, he scored a brace in a 3–0 win over Derby County. At Peterbrough United, Manager Darren Ferguson says Berahino is expecting to get more playing time.[16]

On 27 August 2013 he made his first start for West Brom in a League Cup tie against Newport County and went on to score a hat-trick.[17] He made his first league appearance for the Baggies when he came on as a substitute against Swansea City on 1 September 2013.[18] On 28 September, he scored his first Premier League goal, the winner in a 2–1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.[19]

On 2 December 2013, Berahino extended his contract with West Brom which commits him to the club until June 2017.[20]

International career[edit]

Berahino has made appearances at various youth levels for England.[21] He was called up to the England U21 squad for the first time for the match against Scotland U21 on 13 August 2013.[22] He scored on his England U-21 debut on 6 September against Moldova U21 in his side's 1–0 win, this game was also Gareth Southgate's first game in charge. On 15 October, Berahino continued his scoring form in the U-21's game against Lithuania, bagging a brace for the young lions taking his U-21 tally to 4 goals in 3 games.[23]

Berahino was yellow-carded after the first of his two goals against Finland U21 in November for lifting his shirt to reveal a message to his late father, who died in the Burundian Civil War.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 March 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Northampton Town (loan) 2011–12[25] League Two 14 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 6
Brentford (loan) 2011–12[26] League One 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 4
Peterborough United (loan) 2012–13[27] Championship 10 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
West Bromwich Albion 2012–13[28] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2013–14[29] Premier League 26 5 1 0 2 4 28 8
Total 25 4 1 0 3 4 29 8
Career total 57 16 2 0 3 4 0 0 62 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Squad Lists 2010/11". Premier League. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "List of Players — 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "West Brom 3-0 Newport". 27 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Man Utd 1-2 West Brom". 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Saido Berahino profile". 24 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "The New Fabric Of England: Saido Berahino". 10 September 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "The next big thing at West Bromwich Albion: Saido Berahino". 1 December 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "West Brom's Saido Berahino joins Northampton Town on loan". 20 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Bradford 2 – 1 Northampton". 22 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Saido Berahino and Adam Thompson join Brentford on loan". 9 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kernaghan hails Bees defence". Sky Sports. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "West Brom striker dropped after Twitter outburst". Hounslow Chronicle. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "West Brom striker returns from loan spell". Birmingham Mail. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Yeovil 2 – 4 West Brom". BBC. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Saido Berahino joins Peterborough from West Brom on loan". BBC Sport. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Darren Ferguson says Saido Berahino is pushing for start at Peterborough". Sky Sports. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "West Brom 3 – 0 Newport". BBC. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "West Brom 0 – 2 Swansea". BBC. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Saido Berahino's low strike earned West Brom their first win over Manchester United at Old Trafford since 1978". BBC. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Saido signs new contract". West Bromwich Albion Official Website. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.thefa.com/england/All-Teams/Players/B/Saido-Berahino Profile on the FA website
  22. ^ Roy Hodgson names his squad as he takes charge of England Under-21s for Scotland clash
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ "Gareth Southgate praises WBA striker Saido Berahino after England U21s beat Finland U21s". Sky Sports. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  25. ^ "Northampton 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  26. ^ "Brentford 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 March 2012.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  27. ^ "Peterborough United 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 August 2013.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  28. ^ "West Brom 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 August 2013.  Select season required via dropdown menu.
  29. ^ "West Brom 2013/2014 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 August 2013.  Select season required via dropdown menu.

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