Ex-West Brom man likens Berahino to Liverpool and Manchester United legends

Saido Berahino

West Bromwich Albion youngster Saido Berahino is cut from the same cloth as Robbie Fowler and Andy Cole, according to Kevin Phillips.

Former West Bromwich Albion striker Kevin Phillips believes Baggies ace Saido Berahino’s style is comparable to Premier League legends Robbie Fowler and Andy Cole.

Berahino, 21, has been among the Premier League’s most prolific forwards so far this season, netting seven times in 10 games to establish himself as the top-flight's leading English scorer.

His fine form rewarded on Thursday with a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squad, Phillips insists the promising front man is a future star in the making, who can reach the same heights as ex-internationals Fowler and Cole.

“He’s a forward who loves to play on the shoulder and get in behind defences,” the 1999-2000 Premiership season’s Golden Boot-winner wrote in his Sky Sports column.

“Ask any defender in the world, that’s one of the worst types of strikers to play against; defenders want players in front of them, but he’s always looking to run across the line.

  GoalsTotal Shots GAMEShot AccTotal Dribbles GAMEDribble AccTouches GAMEDispossessed GAMEUnsuccessful Touch GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Saido Berahino 7 2.9 48% 1.9 36.36% 40.7 2.7 2.6 10 897

“You could compare his style to players such as Robbie Fowler and Andy Cole – although he can’t be put in the same league as those two yet. He’s of that mould; he’s not interested in coming short but if he gets half a chance he’ll test the goalkeeper or hit the back of the net.

“Hopefully he can show everyone in the England camp what he can do when he meets up with them ahead of the games with Slovenia and Scotland.”

His hot start to the season seeing him linked with a move to the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, Berahino’s work ethic has earned immense praise from manager Alan Irvine in recent months, and one hopes the Burundi-born hitman will be able to keep his feet on the ground amid the growing plaudits.

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