ANOTHER big weekend of Barclays Premier League action awaits.
Albion entertain Newcastle at The Hawthorns on Sunday and, as always, football statistics website WhoScored.com
are here to preview the encounter.
It has been a memorable few months for Saido Berahino.
After a debut 2013/14 season in Albion’s first-team in which he hinted at his talents and potential by scoring nine goals in all competitions, the youngster has made a flying start to the new campaign and been rewarded with a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad.
Having established himself in the nation’s Under-21 side, Gareth Southgate will now have to make do without the striker as he steps up to senior level.
Only Sergio Aguero (10) and Diego Costa (9) – who play for two of the Premier League’s three highest-scoring sides – have scored more goals this season than Berahino (7).
What is more, the 21-year-old has netted two more than any other Englishman, with Charlie Austin having hit the net five times, and more than twice as many as anyone else available to Hodgson, with the likes of Raheem Sterling (3), Wayne Rooney (3) and Danny Welbeck (2) trailing in his wake.
Berahino has bagged seven goals in eight starts when playing centrally in attack, averaging a goal every 102.6 minutes.
It is rather reductive to extrapolate from a period of form across a whole season, but if Berahino were to score at that rate for a full Premier League campaign he would hit a staggering 33 goals.
Of course, keeping form up for an extended amount of time is easier said than done, but this stat does at least point towards Berahino’s goalscoring at present.
With statistically calculated strengths from WhoScored.com of ‘finishing’ and ‘direct free-kicks’, Berahino is unquestionably primarily a goal threat, but when you watch him play there is a certain style to his game and in how he links play, all of which will have certainly appealed to Hodgson.
In-form Newcastle are the visitors to The Hawthorns this weekend, but their impressive recent record will not faze the youngster, who will be looking to add to the six Premier League goals he has in five appearances on home soil this season.
A repeat of last season’s clash between the two sides, in which Berahino scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot late on, would suit.
Confidence will be high and right now it does not look like much will be able to stop Albion’s flying England forward.
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