There are reports that Newcastle are interested in 20 year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who was born in Burundi, and came to England at the age of 10, when he escaped from war-torn Burundi with his mother, brother and sisters – and that’s very similar to how current Newcastle midfielder Gael Bigirimana arrived in England.
Saido Berahino – England U21 striker
The young striker doesn’t turn 21 until August, and he has played for all the England youth sides, including five times for the England U21 side with six goals.
The 5’10″tall Berahino has a good goal-scoring record for one so young, and in the season just finished he scored 8 goals in 28 total appearances for West Brom.
And while out on loan in the previous two or three seasons getting some first team playing time, at Northampton Town (14 appearances, 6 goals), Brentford (8 appearances, 4 goals) and Peterborough (10 appearances, 2 goals), he scored 12 goals in 32 appearances overall.
And in his 38 appearances at various levels for the England Youth sides, from U16 through U21, he has scored 20 goals – which is an impressive record.
But Berahino has been in some controversy this season at West Brom, and in a dressing room incident in late March after playing against Cardiff City, James Morrison and the England Under 21 youngster got into fisticuffs, and the reports were that the youngster got the worst of it – but West Brom naturally tried to play that incident down.
The reason for the melee was that the youngster had given the ball away in stoppage time, only 60 seconds after Thievy Bifouma had given the club the lead, and Cardiff scored to make it a 3-3 draw, and West Brom basically lost 2 points at home to another relegation fighting side.
And it may be an advantage for Newcastle, that we already have 20 year-old Gael Bigirimana at the club, who is the same age as Berahino, and was also born in Burundi,
This lad seems like a very promising young player, but why West Brom would let one of their star youngsters leave the club is a good question.
And with current West Brom manager Pepe Mel almost certain to be fired, after losing the last three league games of the season, and finishing 4th bottom, Newcastle may have to wait until a new manager is appointed.
But we would be very surprised if West Brom are willing to let Saido Berahino leave the club, even though it would be a good opportunity for the young striker, and it would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, if we can him on Tyneside.
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