Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly interested in a swoop for Zulte Waregem forward Saido Berahino, as relayed by Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri on Twitter.
The Lowdown: Berahino profiled
Familiar to many fans of English football, 28-year-old Berahino originally burst on to the scene at West Bromwich Albion, being tipped for a bright future after notching 20 goals for the Baggies in the 2014/15 campaign [Offside Rule Podcast].
He was also once dubbed as ‘terrific’ by former boss Gareth Southgate when both worked together in the England Under-21 set up [Express].
Fast forward to 2021, he finds himself in the Belgium with Zulte Waregem, where he has notched 14 goal contributions in 34 appearances all in; ten goals and four assists [Transfermarkt].
He could now be set for a sensational return to the British game following recent reports.
Would Berahino be a good signing for SWFC?
The Latest: Berahino ‘is expected to leave’
As signified by Belgium-based journalist Tavolieri on Twitter: “Berahino is expected to leave the Essevee (Zulte Waregem) this day and return to England to join the League One and the English club of Sheffield Wednesday. To be continued”.
It is not yet apparent whether any prospective deal will be permanent or on a loan basis, however it is unlikely to break the bank due to the Sky Bet League One side not spending a penny this summer as of yet [Sport Witness].
The Verdict: Could be an inspired signing by Darren Moore
If he can find his shooting boots back on English soil, now-Burundi international Berahino could prove to be an inspired signing by Darren Moore should a deal materialise.
Renowned for his pace and finishing ability, he could offer a different avenue of breaking through opposition lines from bustling forwards Callum Paterson, Florian Kamberi and Lee Gregory.
His ability to link the play effectively with the midfield could also be an asset, illustrated by his impressive 83.3% average passing accuracy so far in 2021/22 [WhoScored].
In an important season for Sheffield Wednesday in the third tier of English football, the 5 foot 11 ace could help to provide inspiration in crucial moments as they seek promotion this campaign.
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