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SAIDO BERAHINO
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UPDATED 12:50 2nd July 2013

SAIDO Berahino has emerged as one of Albion's hottest properties during the last two seasons.


* He is currently contracted to the club until June 2017.


* Berahino has been with the Baggies since Under-12s level after leaving war-torn African nation Burundi with his mother, brother and sisters.


* They were granted political asylum in Newtown and he became the first player to be signed by the Baggies' then-Centre of Excellence from inner-city kids football team Phoenix United.


* Before the 2013/14 season, Berahino had managed just a single Capital One Cup substitute appearance for the Club, having spent time on loan with Northampton Town, Brentford and Peterborough United.


* But the Academy graduate began to turn heads when he scored a first-half hat-trick on his full Albion debut to secure a 3-0 League Cup success at home to Newport at the start of 2013/14.


* He subsequently became an integral part of Albion’s first-team squad – scoring nine goals in 35 outings to finish as leading scorer and also collecting the club’s Young Player of the Season award.


* Berahino was named Albion's 2014/15 Players' Player of the Season by his team-mates after scoring 20 times in all competitions - becoming the first Baggies player to do so since 2007/08.


* With 10 goals, Berahino is the third highest England Under-21s scorer (behind Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers, both on 13). His form for them and Albion led to a call-up for England's internationals against Slovenia and Scotland in November 2014.


* Berahino, by the end of the 2014/15 season, had made 43 Barclays Premier League starts for Albion and a further 27 off the bench. He has 19 top flight goals to his name. By the same period he had scored 41 goals in 81 senior appearances for Albion.


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