West Brom man reveals Berahino's biggest improvement in last two years

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Ben Foster has praised West Brom teammate Saido Berahino’s ‘maturing’ in recent years.

Berahino is set to win his first cap for the senior England side on Tuesday evening, with Roy Hodgson keen on giving the forward a run-out against Scotland.

Having helped the Young Lions secure qualification for the the 2015 European Under-21 Championships last month, the West Brom man - who currently leads the Premier League scoring charts for Englishmen - was named in Hodgson’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia - although he failed to make the Wembley turf at the weekend - and the friendly in Scotland, with the Under-21’s only appearing in friendlies over this international break.

Despite his young age, the 21-year-old looks remarkably composed when on the pitch, and his finishing ability has never come under question this term. He has seven goals in 11 games - already building on his tally of five in 32 last season - and he has been the key reason for the Baggies mid-table position after 11 games played.

Having only made his debut for the Midlands side last season - netting a hat-trick in a League Cup tie with Newport County - the youngster has made incredible strides in his short career, and he has been touted to make the switch to some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs come January or the summer of 2015. Liverpool and Tottenham are reportedly his two biggest admirers, and it is hard to see him remaining at the Hawthorns for long should his incredible form continue.

Considering how quickly he has made an impact in the Premier League, it is hard to believe he had not even made his debut for the club two-years ago, but Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster - himself a holder of eight England caps - has revealed how hard Berahino has worked to improve himself - and become a ‘man on the pitch’.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Foster said: “Saido Berahino from two years ago, when he was getting little injuries and niggles, has completely turned it around.

“He is always in the gym and watches what he eats. His body fat is super low. He’s always working on the training ground and it is nice to see because someone of that age it is very rare you see that.

“He’s matured. He’s always one of the first ones in. He will do a lot in the gym. He’s like a man on the pitch now whereas a couple of years ago he was almost like a boy. It’s good to see.”

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