Today's Saido Berahino Talking Points
Saido Berahino (born 4 August 1993) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Stoke City.
Having fled his native Burundi as a child, he received political asylum in Birmingham, and credits football with helping him integrate into English society. Berahino joined West Bromwich Albion at the age of 11 and turned professional seven years later. He spent time out on loan at Football League clubs Northampton Town, Brentford and Peterborough United.
Berahino made his first starts for West Bromwich Albion in the 2013–14 season, with highlights of that campaign including a hat-trick against Newport County, and the winning goal at Old Trafford against Manchester United. In his second full season, he recorded 20 goals in 45 games across all competitions. Following that successful campaign, Berahino became involved in a lengthy transfer saga involving Tottenham Hotspur, straining his relationships with manager Tony Pulis and then West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace. In January 2017, he joined Stoke City for a fee of £12 million, potentially rising to £15 million.
Berahino represented England at all youth levels from under-16 to under-21, and was part of their under-17 team which won the 2010 European Championship. He was called up for the first time to the senior team in November 2014.Close