West Brom youngster outshone Manchester United stars, says teammate

Saido Berahino

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino was the best player on the pitch in Monday's 2-2 home draw with Manchester United, according to teammate Craig Gardner.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Craig Gardner claims teammate Saido Berahino outshone Manchester United’s numerous attacking stars in Monday night’s 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns.

After substitute Marouane Fellaini cancelled out Stephane Sessegnon’s eighth-minute opener just after the break, the promising striker restored the Baggies' advantage on 66 minutes with a curled finish to increase his goal haul on the season to seven in 10 total appearances.

 Vs Manchester United GoalsTotal ShotShot AccTotal DribbleDribble AccTotal PassPass AccPoss LostAppsMins
Saido Berahino 1 2 50% 4 25% 23 82.61% 13 1 90

While a late Daley Blind strike from long-range ultimately saw the points shared, Berahino now has many goals this term as Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao combined, and Gardner believes the Premier League’s leading English-scorer proved himself in the same class as those names in their matchup.

‘Yeah, I think so. He’s my team-mate so yeah he did - and he scored. Strikers are there to score goals and he scored and they didn’t,’ he told the Birmingham Mail.

‘He’s been brilliant. When he went through I just thought “2-1” I was never in doubt because I see him day in day out. If he keeps his feet on the floor he’ll make a good career, he’s only 21 though.

‘His all round game since I’ve been here has improved so much, he can free people up around him, he can hold the ball up, get in behind and he has a natural goalscoring instinct where he can get in positions where you see people like Falcao and Rooney. His record speaks for itself.’

While that scoring record has seen the England under-21 international tipped for an imminent senior call-up, it’s also caused his future at West Brom to come under increasing speculation in recent weeks, with Tottenham Hotspur linked with a £15 million bid in the winter window.

The club are understood to be preparing another new deal for their Burundi-born front man, in order to thwart rumoured interest, but it remains to be seen whether that will be enough from holding so-called bigger sides off if his fine form continues.

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