Saido Berahino is among the most promising talents in the Premier League right now. The Baggies have found themselves a true gem, but should the Burundi-born striker stay at The Hawthorns?
Berahino sits fourth in the top goalscorers list with seven goals to his name, only behind Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez, all of whom cost their respective clubs over £30 million a piece. Berahino has come up through the ranks at West Brom after going out on loan multiple times during his progression.
He made his first start for the Baggies in August 2013 against Newport County in the League Cup, he went on to score a hat-trick and land his side a 3-0 victory. Since then, the English striker has made an impact in the Premier League, forcing his way into Alan Irvine's first team after crucial goals against the likes of Manchester United.
He must have been on Roy Hodgson's radar for a while as well; the England manager named Berahino in his team for the first time on November 6 and may well give him the chance to make his first senior appearance for The Three Lions against Slovenia or Scotland in the coming days.
Now, of course, his superb form has caught the attention of many clubs in the Premier League. United are rumoured to be interested in the 21-year-old; a move to Old Trafford may well be a dream come true for Berahino, but he needs to think very carefully before making a decision if an offer is forthcoming.
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Yes, he will be surrounded by much better players if he moves to a bigger club, he could take inspiration from the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria if he moves to the Red Devils for example, but this may be the problem. The quality these behemoths of football have within their club would probably mean Berahino going out on loan yet again.
Frozen out at Old Trafford?
Look at Wilfred Zaha for instance; the winger was expected to go on and achieve huge things in Manchester, but has ended up back at his previous club Crystal Palace on a loan deal.
Even if Berahino doesn't go out on loan, he most certainly won't be a first-team regular. That's crucial for the young striker at this point in his career, he needs to develop further before he moves to a big club, so that when he does make a move, he will be at the level necessary to compete for a first-team place.
So, for the moment, Berahino should stay where he is. The man obviously has top quality and, in all honestly, who am i to tell him what to do? But for the sake of his career, a new contract at The Hawthorns looks like the best thing for the 21-year-old.