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The reason Twitter went mad for Saido Berahino during Stoke City youth game

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Let's take a moment to talk about Saido Berahino.

As little as three years ago, the Stoke City man was regarded as one of the finest up and coming talents in English football. He scored 20 goals for West Brom across the 2014-15 campaign and Roy Hodgson called him up to the England senior squad in late 2014.

However, his career has ground to a halt ever since the emergence of behind the scenes problems at West Brom and his ill-fated move to Stoke City in January 2017.

Since then, Berahino has turned out 30 times for the Potters and has failed to register a single goal.

His last goal came against Crystal Palace in February 2016, meaning he has gone no less than 780 days without finding the net.

Berahino playing for Stoke under-23s

To add insult to injury, the 24-year-old missed a golden opportunity to end his drought against Southampton from the penalty spot and he was recently banished to the Stoke under-23s due to his poor discipline.

Manager Paul Lambert revealed in March: "He's not up to my level of fitness. He's a fit lad, but there's got to be more to it, that he's got to work on."

Well, Berahino made his latest appearance for the under-23s on Monday night and created quite the buzz around Twitter with his performance against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Stoke City v Leicester City - Premier League

Berhahino actually scored a goal (kind of)

It's not an event that would usually attract that much attention but, in the case of Berahino, it felt like it should be front page news.

That's right, for the first time in nearly 1,000 days, Berahino found the net. 

Ok, so it won't count for the record and it came in a 5-1 annihilation for Stoke but we're pretty sure he'll take it.

It created more of a Twitter reaction than many of the issue's surrounding the Stoke senior team, too, who drew 1-1 with West Ham on the same night. Check out some of the best reaction below:

Miracles do happen, ladies and gentlemen.

Of course, it's sad to see Berahino's career take such a turn in recent years yet there's every reason to suggest the player himself needs to foot a lot of the blame.

With his Premier League status at threat with Stoke, he may struggle to score a return to the top division with such a torrid fitness and goalscoring record in recent seasons.

Watford v Stoke City - Premier League

It can only be hoped that finding the net for the under-23s will help to salvage his confidence and inspire a return to first team action.

That one 2014 cameo in the England squad, however, may endure as his last.

Do you think Berahino's career at the top is over? Have your say in the comments section below.

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