West Brom Boss Compares Man United Target to Wayne Rooney

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Alan Irvine feels Baggies star has a bright future.

West Brom boss Alan Irvine has drawn parallels between in-form striker Saido Berahino and Man United Star Wayne Rooney.

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Irvine feels that the Baggies youngster has great potential but has pushed the England Under 21 international to stay focused.

“If you are going to be a top player, you have to have a lot of the full package,” Irvine told the Guardian

“Everyone talks about technical, tactical, physical, psychological. You cannot be a top player unless you score highly in all of them.

“You might score more highly in a couple of areas but you can’t possibly be a top player if you don’t score highly in all. Saido has a lot of that package but he is still at that age where it can go one way or another. The last thing you can do is have anything that affects any of those areas. Of course, the biggest of all is the psychological.

“I have been fortunate enough to have worked with a number of very talented young players over the years. Wayne Rooney springs to mind. Others too – Everton had a record of getting 16-year-olds into first teams so it is very important we spend time talking to these boys and making sure everything is right.”

“Then, of course, as long as he can handle the pressure of success. Some can’t handle that pressure – they get distracted – so it is important he takes everything that is going on at the moment in his stride.

“Saido’s getting an awful lot of attention, so it is vitally important that we are there to support him and make sure that doesn’t take him off track.”

Man United are thought to be one of a host of sides tracking Berahino, who has already racked up seven Premier League goals, and West Brom have placed a £25m price-tag on their prized asset and such is the form he has displayed that it’s entirely possible that’s a valuation that may be met in January or next summer.

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