English wonderkid can move to 'next level' club - West Brom boss

Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino will be allowed to leave West Bromwich Albion if the move is to take him to the ‘next level’ of his career.

England youth international Berahino has netted four goals for the Baggies this season, making him the leading English scorer in the Premier League.

He was said to be in the running for a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers, although he could only make the Under-21 squad where he is in line to win his 12th cap.

The youngster made his first-team debut for the Baggies in a League Cup tie against Newport County last season, going on to score a hat-trick, before netting his first ever Premier League goal with the winner in a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

His performance in that game caught the eyes of a number of top Premier League clubs - including the Red Devils - and, having continued his rapid progression into this season, it is only a matter of time before Berahino is whisked away to greener pastures. However, current Baggies boss Alan Irvine will not be disappointed to see the youngster leave in the future, knowing that his performances at the Hawthornes will continue to be top quality in the meantime.

Quoted by Goal.com, Irvine said: "If Saido gets to the stage where there's a whole load of big clubs chasing after him - then he'll have done a brilliant job for us in the meantime.

"Then it becomes a matter of whether the club want to do business with anyone or not. There's no set rule as far as that’s concerned.

"The club will make the decision on any player who's attracting attention from other clubs.

"As we've shown already this summer, we've kept hold of some players who other clubs were chasing - but we let others go.”

If Berahino continues to perform in the impressive manner that he has been, any number of clubs will be willing suitors, and Irvine is willing to see the forward leave as long as it is a move that will take his career to the ‘next level’.

He added: "I certainly wouldn't want Saido not to play well because I didn't want him going anywhere else.

"It's in everyone’s best interests that he continues to play as well as he's been playing - and continues to develop.

"And if in the end he goes somewhere else - and it's a move that is seen as taking his career to the next level, then that'd be fantastic and he'd go with our blessing.

"So the message is to carry on playing well and scoring loads of goals - if he does that we'll all be happy."

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