The 19-year-old has packed a lot into his youthful existence and is now making an impact on loan at Peterborough United in a loan spell away from West Bromwich Albion. What does the future hold for the teenager with an incredible past?
Way back in August we ran a feature on the potential for success from five of the best players who took part in England under-17’s European Championship triumph of 2010. While Andre Wisdom has established himself as a first teamer at Liverpool and Ross Barkley has started to make an impact on loan with Sheffield Wednesday another of the five names listed has also began making a name for himself.
Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion is the player in question and he is thankfully doing at least one of our predictions proud:
Saido should make an impact next season whether on loan or at The Hawthorns.
It is the latter that has proved true as he has started to make an impact at London Road during a loan-spell with Peterborough United.
His career and life up to now have been very eventful. Born in Burundi of Central-Eastern Africa he fled the country aged 10. His father had already passed away when he was young and his mother had gained political asylum in England and raised the airfare for her son to come join her. A country being ravaged by civil war was no place for a child and he boarded a plane alone in order to be with his mother; when he arrived in the UK it took several days to track her down, considering he only spoke French at the time it was a difficult exercise.
This hardly sounds like the tale of a prosperous footballing future more that of a Hollywood script but this is Berahino’s life. His former coach at the West Brom academy Mark Harrison said of him:
“Obviously to go from where he was to be an international player is amazing. He has the potential to go as far as he wants and play in the Premiership if he continues to develop, but obviously he needs to remain focussed.”
This weekend he bagged a brace against Derby County to help propel The Posh out of the Championship drop-zone which led to manager Darren Ferguson singing his praises and hoping to extend his loan deal past the current date of January 2nd:
"Saido is only 19 but he is already a very good player. He is intelligent, caused Derby problems all afternoon and fully deserved his goals. We have already asked the question about whether we can extend the loan to the end of the season. Saido is loving life here….’’
It is a sentiment shared by the 19-year-old who would like to continue his progression in the Championship until the summer but is in no doubt about his ultimate ambition:
“My dream is to play in the Premier League for West Brom, but what I do for the rest of this season is up to them. I’m 19 and I want to play football so if I stay at Peterborough until the end of the season that would also be great for me.’’
If he continues on his current trajectory for this season his amazing story could continue in the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion next season.
Should Saido Berahino stay at Peterborough for the season and does he have a future with WBA?
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