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02 Dec 2013 17:33:38

Albion bag Berahino

Striker signs long-term deal

Saido Berahino has finally committed his long-term future to the Baggies after signing a new and improved deal until 2017.

The England Under-21 international had been in discussions over a new deal for a number of weeks after breaking into Albion’s first team this season.

The striker has scored 12 goals for club and country this season and is viewed as one of the hottest prospects in the league.

“It was always our intention to reward Saido for the huge strides he has made over the past few months,” said Garlick.

“He started to make really positive noises at the start of last season but couldn’t quite break into Steve’s first team.

“But he went out on loan to Peterborough United and did really well. He played games, scored goals and was in a really good place.

“Unfortunately, he picked up a knee injury which ruled him out for the rest of the season.

“But he came back here for his rehab, got his head down and concentrated fully on getting fit and healthy.

“At the moment he peaked in his recovery, the first team reported back for pre-season.

“That meant he hit the ground running and pretty much underwent a second pre-season. He did well in the friendlies before really coming to the fore with his hat-trick against Newport in the Capital One Cup.

“From then on, he hasn’t looked back, scoring his first Premier League goals and hitting the net regularly for England Under-21s.”

Should Berahino be in Steve Clarke's starting XI? Have your say here at Baggies Banter. 

Source: WBA MAD


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