Southgate impressed with Saido

10 October 2013 01:53
England Under-21 boss pleased with younger's progress

England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has heaped praise on Albion youngster Saido Berahino for his eye-catching start to the season.

Berahino made his first Premier League start of his career in Albion’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal – a week after firing the Baggies winner at Old Trafford.

The Academy graduate has now scored five times in his last seven appearances for club and country. Although Berahino’s rise to fame has come as no surprise to Southgate.

"It's great when you see a player you are working with score the winning goal at Old Trafford,” said the former Middlesbrough boss. 

"I am delighted for him because I worked with him at the Under-20s World Cup in Columbia a couple of years ago and he was a super lad to work with.

“He's in a really good place at the moment.

“Lovely kid, can finish, terrific pace, great work ethic and when we were working with him last month we were thinking: 'where's the catch?'

"He's a very humble boy. 

“I'm sure there will be peaks and troughs as the season goes because a lot of the players are playing a lot of football.

"But over the past 18 months, he's really come on.” 

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Source: WBA MAD