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SAIDO BERAHINO
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UPDATED 12:50 2nd July 2013

SAIDO Berahino signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal in December 2013 to tie him to the club until June 2017.


Before the 2013/14 season the 20-year-old had managed just a single Capital One Cup substitute appearance for the Baggies, coupled with loan spells at Northampton, Brentford and Peterborough.


He was also nursing a troublesome knee injury which had cut short his stay at London Road.


But the Academy graduate regained his fitness and was thrust into the spotlight when he bagged 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 last term.


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


His contribution played a big part as the Black Country outfit avoided relegation from the Barclays Premier League and, having also made a goalscoring England Under-21 debut, 


The striker made his Albion debut as an 84th-minute substitute in a 4-1 Capital One Cup second round victory at Yeovil in August 2012. 


Berahino made ten nPower Championship appearances for Peterborough United during a two-month loan spell in the 2012/13 season. 


He fired an invaluable brace in a 3-0 triumph over Derby at London Road in October 2012.


Berahino netted four goals in eight games for League One Brentford between February and March 2012. 


Earlier in the same season he grabbed six goals during a 14-game stay at League Two Northampton. 


Berahino has been with the Baggies since Under-12s level after escaping 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.


The forward has shot up the England ranks and in July 2011 represented them at the Under-20s World Cup in Colombia.


He was also part of England Under-17s' 2010 European Championships-winning squad.


He made his England debut against Scotland to help the Under-16s win the Victory Shield for the eighth successive season.


He also scored three times as Kenny Swain's England side won the prestigious Montaigu tournament in France, in April 2009.


(LAST UPDATED JUNE 3, 2014)


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