Saido Berahino

One inspiring young Englishman dazzling the foot of the Premier League table is West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino.

The Burundi-born striker is leading the Baggies scoring charts this season with four goals in 15 games, putting senior team-mates Victor Anichebe, Shane Long and Nicolas Anelka to shame.

He’s also developed a knack for scoring important goals, netting a winner at Old Trafford back in September, another against Newcastle United on New Years’ day and a crucial equaliser in West Brom’s 3-3 draw with West Ham on Boxing Day.

The 20 year-old, who previously enjoyed short-term loan spells at Northampton, Brentford and Peterborough before his first team ascension at the Hawthorns this season, comes with great trickery on the ball and explosive pace. But his best attribute remains his ability to sweetly strike the ball, with all his goals coming via incredibly clinical finishes rather than simple tap-ins.

Arsenal were hot on the Baggies prodigy’s heels earlier in the season, when it was revealed he was still on an £800 per-week youth contract which allowed him to join other clubs that were willing to pay his £600k compensation fee.

Fearing losing an incredible young talent, who is now on the fringes of the England national team and could stage a late bid to make it onto the plane to Brazil come the summer, West Brom tied Berahino down to a long-term contract in December, set to expire in 2017.

But the Gunners are still reportedly very keen on the Premier League starlet as he goes from strength to strength in Baggies colours and will undoubtedly watch his progress from afar.


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