West Brom’s Premier League campaign hardly got off to the brightest of starts. Four games without a win had Baggies fans nervous, with many onlookers worried about whether Alan Irvine had the requisite steel to manage a club like Albion.
But West Brom’s wait for a win was worth it considering the manner in which their maiden victory came. James Morrison netted a second-half winner at Tottenham as Irvine’s men left White Hart Lane with both three points and a clean sheet. Joleon Lescott starred in defence along with Craig Dawson.
And, a week later, the Baggies delivered their highlight of the season so far. Sean Dyche’s struggling Clarets visited the Hawthorns and West Brom showed no mercy. Dawson produced another superb performance, netting his first Albion goal to open the scoring, before Saido Berahino bagged a brace. Graham Dorrans then finished things off with a 90th-minute strike.
But what red-hot form Berahino has been in so far this season. The 21-year-old is the top-scoring Englishman in the Premier League and deserves his first ever call-up to the senior England side.
It isn’t just bottom-half opposition that Berahino nets against, however, with the young striker also scoring against Manchester United when they came to the Hawthorns three weeks later.
It was Stephane Sessegnon that scored West Brom’s first that day, though, with the two sides playing out a 2-2 draw. Sessegnon struck from outside the box to produce one of the Baggies’ most memorable moments in recent months.
A beautiful finish showed that, at their best, Irvine’s side should fear no one. And that kind of quality could be rather handy when West Brom visit Chelsea this weekend.