Saido Berahino was relatively unknown to many in the football community until he scored that sumptuous finish to claim three points for West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford last month.

After suffering the horrific tragedy of his father's death in war-torn Burundi, the young and inspirational star is committed to repaying the country which saved him and his mother. 

Ever since appearing for his local school team of Aston Tower shortly after his arrival to England at the tender age of 10, the striker has been a terrifying prospect for defenders.

After being signed to the West Bromwich Albion Centre of Excellence and appearing frequently in the England youth set-up, Saido made his first start for the club this August in the League Cup, scoring a scintillating hat-trick.

Indeed, Berahino's rapid rise has progressed even further after his match-winning goal against Manchester United, when he was awarded his first Premier League start against title-contenders Arsenal last weekend, gaining a well-earned point in the process.  

It's not all been plain sailing for Berahino however. In a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph, the 20-year-old recalled his memories as a youngster.

"What we used as a ball was plastic bags wrapped around with laces," Berahino explained.

His country was embroiled in a ghastly civil war amongst the Hutus and Tutsis in which many people died; including his father.

"If I ask questions, it will bring back memories that I don’t want to go back through.

"With the football, I’m doing it for my father. I know he’s watching me in heaven," he added.

Football has clearly been Berahino's escape from the unthinkable trauma of his childhood.

But thankfully, the future looks a lot brighter and the Hawthorns' latest star is committed to repaying the country which saved him and his mother from the chaos within his native country. 

"Playing for England is totally different," he said.

"They have given me a second chance in life, provided my family with a different type of lifestyle.

"I feel very, very grateful to what England have done for me and my family. So, when I play for England, I play with passion and excitement, joy and desire to win."

And on the possibility of the seniors, he added: "Of course I would love to play in any World Cup.

"If I get a chance to play for England in Brazil, I wouldn’t even think twice about it."

The rise of any England hopeful is always reason for much excitement and speculation across the nation's press but it is undeniable that the inspirational rise of Berahino is cause for much greater admiration.

Of course, Saido is still young and far from the finished article, however one thing is for sure with a certain international competition taking place next summer, Roy Hodgson will be keeping a very excited eye on the young boy from Africa.

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