West Brom academy coach says Jonathan Leko has as much potential as Saido Berahino

The teenager made his West Brom debut at the weekend.

West Bromwich Albion recently handed a professional debut to 16-year-old talent Jonathan Leko. The England under-17 forward is considered a top talent at The Baggies and hopes will be high that the teenager will one day become a first-team regular.

He has been compared to Saido Berahino – who also came through the ranks at West Brom and is now a regular in the West Brom first-team.

He has now been backed by his academy coach to be as good as Berahino.

Mark Harrison believes that Leko has just as much potential as the current West Brom star, telling the Birmingham Mail:

“He’s such a humble kid he really is. His feet are on the ground.

“He’s willing to learn and improve and sometimes he can be quite harsh on himself

“He’s got a really good mentality. When he plays for England he’s asking me how I think he has done.

“With his ability it’s up to us to ensure we keep his feet on the floor. In terms of potential he’s got as much potential as Saido.”

The schoolboy shares many similarities with Berahino. Both born in Africa, Berahino in Burundi and Leko in DR Congo, the pair are pacey and strong finishers and one-day West Brom fans will undoubtedly hope to see the pair of them starting in a West Brom match.

However, whilst Leko is emerging fast, there remains the spectre of a potential Berahino exit looming over West Brom.

It may transpire that Leko actually goes on to be the long-term replacement for Berahino instead.

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