Berahino: I may have to leave West Brom

The 21-year-old’s form has earned him a first England call-up but he accepts that, to prove his talents on the biggest stage, a transfer before too long may be necessary


West Brom striker Saido Berahino says that he may have to leave the club in order to realise his ambitions.

The 21-year-old Burundi-born striker has taken the Premier League by storm this season after breaking into the Albion first team in the 2013-14 campaign, with his seven goals in 10 league games earning him a first England call-up on Thursday.

The pacy frontman’s form has led to talk of a move away from the Hawthorns – with Manchester United rumoured to be interested – and the Albion academy graduate accepts that he may end up having to do so to get the most out of his talent.

“If that’s what it comes to, yeah, it will have to be that,” he told reporters on Friday.

“But obviously I appreciate what West Brom have done for me and I am working each day to win the club as many games as can. Right now I am focused on West Brom.”

His manager, Alan Irvine, believes that Berahino would benefit from staying with Albion for the time being and stressed the importance of making the right move if the time comes when the striker decides to seek pastures new.

The Scot said: “We all know certain clubs are competing in the Champions League spots every year.

“It’s important for any young player to go when time is right for them. Who knows the future?

“Right now Saido is in a good place, playing week in, week out for a team giving him benefits to play to his strengths. There is an opportunity to learn here and become a better player.

“It is important young players don’t go to the wrong place at the wrong time. Saido needs good people to advise him if those situations come up.”