West Bromwich Albion appeared like they could have England’s subsequent huge star in 2013 when a younger Saido Berahino burst onto the scene.
Having represented England at all youth ranges from U16s to U21, after a stellar breakout season which included a hat-trick in opposition to Newport County and the successful aim at Outdated Trafford in opposition to Manchester United, he was known as as much as the senior squad.
Ought to West Brom have simply bought Berahino to Spurs?
The teenager didn’t get any recreation time, nonetheless, later switching his allegiance to Burundi in 2018.
However earlier than that, it appeared like he would quickly have the world at his ft.
The 2014/15 season was his true standout yr, as he bagged 14 occasions within the Premier League in addition to scoring 5 and aiding 5 extra in simply 4 FA Cup appearances. He introduced himself as way more than simply an academy graduate who had loved a lucky begin.
He had already scored 36 targets earlier than the age of 23.
It was, nonetheless, these performances that proved to be his downfall, as they inevitably drew consideration from golf equipment a lot greater than the Baggies.
A rejected bid from Tottenham Hotspur led the striker to vow by no means to play once more for West Brom, souring his relationship with the followers and possession.
His playtime unsurprisingly dwindled following this damning declare, and together with it his targets. Regardless of a mixed 32 appearances throughout the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, he didn’t rating a single aim within the league.
Having been touted for a £22m transfer away in 2015, to handle a £12m price from Stoke Metropolis in 2017 regardless of his kind having dropped off considerably was spectacular enterprise.
His story will at all times be a story of ‘what if?’, as many query how excessive he may have gone had Spurs managed to safe the deal for him.
It was stated that his angle is what let him down, together with his Hawthorns outburst standing as a testomony to that. Glen Johnson truly revealed how he acted when taking part in on the Potters, claiming: “He had the flawed mentality. It was day-after-day. I didn’t like him.”
Berahino now performs his soccer in Cyprus for AEL Limassol, marking the tragic finish of a profession that promised a lot.
With the correct angle, he may definitely have overcome the setback of being denied his dream transfer to proceed progressing ahead. As an alternative, he nosedived his personal profession out of pettiness and has now paid the value.