Saido Berahino: Alan Irvine has been massive for me - and I love watching Jermain Defoe

The West Brom striker admits his current manager, as well as the former Spurs stiker, have acted as inspirations to him.

Saido Berahino has not exactly broken onto the scene this season.

No, the West Brom striker was impressive in last term's Premier League. What he's done this time around is merely confirm that he has the ability to last at this level.

  SeasonGoalsAssistsAppearancesMins Played
Saido Berahino 2013-2014 5 1 32 1,405
Stéphane Sessegnon 2013-2014 5 1 26 1,961
Morgan Amalfitano 2013-2014 4 3 28 2,151
Saido Berahino 2014-2015 4 0 6 539

As Opta stats show, the 21-year-old scored five goals and registered one assist last campaign - making him the Baggies' top scorer for the year.

After just six appearances this season, however, Berahino has already almost matched that total.

And a big thank you for that kind of form has to go to boss Alan Irvine, he says.

“Alan Irvine has been massive for me,” Berahino told the Daily Mirror. “It’s so important for any player to know that the manager has faith in them. He talks to me, he’s played such a big part for me from the first day that he came in.

“He tells me what he wants me to do, gives me encouragement and we’ve really clicked. I’m a player who needs to understand what a manager wants from me. We’ve moved forward together."

As for the 21-year-old's idols, meanwhile, the obvious choice of Raheem Sterling comes to mind - although he is two years younger than Berahino.

Another is Jermain Defoe, who Berahino admits he loved watching during his time at Spurs.

“I love watching Jermain Defoe," he added. It’s such a shame he had to leave the Premier League but I still keep track of how he gets on over in Canada."

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