West Ham coach names 16-goal trio as breakout Premier League stars

Saido Berahino

Sam Allardyce has praised a selection of players from West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham Hotspur and QPR.

Allardyce takes his team to the Hawthorns on Tuesday evening, looking to move into the Premier League top four with a victory.

Enner Valencia is expected to return to the starting XI, and the Irons will be taking on a Baggies side looking devoid of confidence in recent weeks. Three successive defeats have left Alan Irvine’s side just two points clear of the relegation places, although the one bright spark of their season has been the form of Saido Berahino.

The 21-year-old forward has built upon his breakout season last year to truly cement himself as one of the most promising English talents, and his haul of seven goals in 13 games was enough to see him rewarded with a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s full England squad for the recent international break - although he failed to take to the field for either one of the two fixtures.

However, the youngster is on a run of four games without finding the back of the net, and he will have to be on top form should the Baggies want to take anything from the challenging tie with West Ham. Allardyce is well aware of Berahino’s talents, and in his pre-match press conference the 60-year-old listed him as one of three breakout stars seen this Premier League campaign.

“I think him [Saido Berahino], Harry Kane and Charlie Austin have been the breakthrough England players this season,” Allardyce was quoted by the official West Ham website.

“He's a good player and he'll be a threat, but it's only the start of his career, if he dedicates himself then I don't see why he couldn't develop into a fantastic player.”

QPR’s Charlie Austin also has seven goals to his name, and his upturn in form in recent weeks has been vital in Rangers finally picking up some vital points on the route to top flight survival. Many believed that the former non-league man was also deserving of international recognition in the last round of fixtures, but he was overlooked in favour of Rickie Lambert, despite the Liverpool man’s lack of game time this term.

Kane is the odd one out of the trio, with just two goals and one assist in nine appearances. Berahino’s former England Under-21 strike partner, Kane has impressed in the Europa League, and, despite his small goal return, his importance to the Lilywhites' recent on-pitch success has been heavily felt in recent weeks

There is no denying that the trio named by Allardyce are all enjoying breakout seasons, and the coach has been wise to label Berahino as West Brom’s real threat as he looks to guide his Hammers side into the Premier League top four.

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