Having bagged 14 goals already this season, including nine in the Premier League, the 21 year-old is certainly a talented prospect, blending his fire-power with trickery on the ball, versatility and ruthless pace.
Yet, as is often the case with promising home-grown players, Berahino’s price-tag is already quoted at a rather audacious £23.5million by The Express – an outrageous figure for a striker with just 14 Premier League goals under his belt.
Liverpool and Spurs both need to strengthen their forward lines this month however, so we’ve thought of FIVE like-minded, cheaper alternatives to the Baggies front-man.
What’s the criteria? Simply, young in-form strikers, with huge potential and price-tags under the £20million mark, that could realistically be available this month. So without further ado…
In terms of home-grown alternatives to Saido Berahino, Liverpool and Tottenham need look no further than Burnley’s Danny Ings – another English striker having a considerable impact on the Premier League table this term.
The 22 year-old was the focal point of the Turf Moor outfit’s promotion campaign last season, netting 21 times in the Championship and supplying countless more for strike-partner Sam Vokes.
It’s took him some time to adapt to the intensity of the English top flight, but the former Bournemouth prodigy is now amid a run of six goals and three assists in his last 13 Premier League appearances.
In addition to his composure and skill in front of goal, it’s Ings’ intelligence in possession that truly stands out. Diminutive mobility allows the England U21 to change the angle of play in an instant and the effectiveness of Ings’ link-up play often results in him sitting just in front of the midfield in the No.10 role.
Perhaps most appealingly for Tottenham and Liverpool, the striker isn’t accompanied by the disproportionate price-tag of your average Englishman. His contract at Turf Moor is up at the end of the campaign, and although Sean Dyche remains adamant that he’s under no financial obligation to sell this month, Burnley will struggle to resist sizable offers.
The 21 year-old’s been enjoying some productive form over the last 18 months, amassing 22 goals and seven assists in 58 appearances across all competitions for Los Che – including five goals and four assists in La Liga this season. That’s seen him recently ascend to significance in Vincente del Bosque’s Spain squad, bagging three goals and five caps since his September debut.
Alcacer’s defining strength is that, essentially, he doesn’t have one. Rather, the 5 foot 9 forward boasts a consistent all-round game, equally adept at finishing with either foot or with his head, technically impressive with his back to goal, capable in wide positions and a great anticipator of space inside the box.
Having been on the radars of several big clubs since 2010, after scoring six goals at the U17 European Championship for Spain, one might expect such a highly-rated striker to cost an arm and a leg.
But the talented Valencia prodigy’s release clause is currently set at just £16million – a figure viewed so reasonable in Spain that one publication dubbed Alcacer ‘the bargain of Europe‘ back in September.
Another La Liga option for Liverpool and Spurs to consider is Villarreal starlet Luciano Vietto.
The 21 year-old left Argentine side Racing Club this summer with a promising return of 18 goals in 69 league appearances and has since bagged eight in his first 16 La Liga outings – earning him the Spanish top flight’s Player of the Month award for December.
Dubbed ‘the next Sergio Aguero’ by Mirror Football, the Argentina U20 shares many characteristics with the Manchester City star, particularly his mobility, creativity and lethality in front of goal.
Vietto is by no means the finished article but seems like a wise long-term investment for any potential suitor, having already impressed in both the Argentine and Spanish top flights.
Mirror Football also value the South American striker at a reasonable £12million – but whether Villarreal would be prepared to cash in on their hottest prospect after just six months remains to be seen.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo has managed more league goals throughout Europe’s five top flights than Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette this term, who boasts a potent return of 19 – as well as five assists – in 20 Ligue 1 appearances.
2013/14 was a real coming of age campaign for highly-rated 23 year-old, netting 22 times across all competitions, but his development since has been incredible, matching that impressive haul in just 24 appearances this season.
In addition to his ever-enhancing firepower, Lacazette offers prolific pace and versatility, being capable of playing on either flank or as an out-and-out striker – the role that’s served him so well this season.
Outscoring the likes of Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and now a regular fixture in the France squad, Lacazette’s form is quickly gaining attention throughout Europe, with Serie A champions Juventus billed as potential suitors last season, in addition to Liverpool, Everton Newcastle by a The Express in March.
Believed to be valued within the region of €20million however, there’s no reason the Lilywhites can’t get involved as well.
Having generated a lethal haul of 31 goals in 65 appearances for Anderlecht since joining the Belgian side from Partizan Belgrade in summer 2013 – where he won a Serbian Super Liga title and earned a spot in the division’s Team of the Year during his ultimate campaign – Aleksander Mitrovic is quickly developing a reputation as one of the most promising talents outside of Europe’s five leading top flights.
Indeed, he boasts a strike-rate better than one-in-two this term and has been showcasing his qualities at the highest level possible, with goals in the Champions League against Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.
Just 20 years of age and boasting a powerfully imposing 6 foot 3 frame, the Serbian international looks like a real prospect that could have an immediate effect in the Premier League.
Valued at £15million however, per The Mail once again, he should be within Tottenham’s financial reach too.