Sadio Berahino is exactly what Sheffield Wednesday have needed, according to former Owls midfielder Carlton Palmer.
The £1.75m-rated striker struggled in front of goal during the early parts of his Hillsborough career, but he’s been enjoying a purple patch of late.
How has Berahino performed for Wednesday?
Berahino has previously scored goals in English football for both West Brom and Stoke, although this is the first time that he’s ever played below the Championship.
Still, given the fact he once scored 14 goals in a Premier League season, finding the net regularly in League One didn’t appear one of the more difficult tasks in his career.
However, it wasn’t plain-sailing to begin with. Berahino did bag on his full debut against Shrewsbury back in September but he would fail to score in any of his next 14 appearances.
As a result, the 28-year-old was in and out of the side, with the likes of Lee Gregory and Callum Paterson often preferred by Darren Moore.
But Berahino’s campaign took a turn for the better against Doncaster last month. With the Owls trailing 1-0, he was introduced and assisted Paterson before ending his goal drought to set Wednesday on their way to three points.
He would then work his way back into the side and has now scored five goals in his last six matches, including a hat-trick in one of his most recent outings against Cambridge.
What did Palmer say about Berahino?
When asked about his form, Palmer told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s good because he’s what Wednesday have been missing.
“I did the game against Rotherham, they were the better side, they had the better chances in the game, but were unable to finish those chances, and in tight games, like against Rotherham, you need the likes of Gregory or Berahino to be taking those chances.”
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Can Berahino fire Sheffield Wednesday into the play offs?
At his best, Berahino is a proven goalscorer in English football and has shown of late that he can still score goals at this level.
But with Wednesday’s top six hopes hanging in the balance, they badly need Berahino to keep up his recent form when he’s back in the side.
The Owls are just one point behind sixth place Sunderland, although they do have a game in hand, but with time running out, they can’t afford to let up at this stage of the campaign, and that includes Berahino’s own form.