New baby, new club and goals – life looking up for former Stoke City striker Saido Berahino


Former Stoke City striker Saido Berahino has made a promising start to life at new club Sporting de Charleroi.

Berahino, who left the Potters in August 2019, joined Charleroi on loan from fellow Belgian club Zulte Waregem last month.

Still only 27, Berahino is eager to get his career back on track and has hinted he would like to return to English football one day.

But for now, he is focused on making an impact with Charleroi. He has impressed his new club so far with a goal each in his first two games. He missed Charleroi’s most recent game, a 3-3 draw at Mechelen on November 6, due to birth of his daughter.

Things look to be going well on and off the pitch for Berahino following a difficult few years, including a spell of just three goals in 51 games for Stoke following a £12million from West Brom.

In a recent interview with the Belgian media, Berahino has admitted he struggled to get over the blow of a proposed move from West Bromwich Albion to Tottenham falling through in 2015.

“I progressed too rapidly and everything went too quickly,” he said.

“It’s when West Brom refused to let me go to Spurs that the problems started for me. It was difficult for my family members to advise me because they hadn’t been in that situation.

“I wasn’t mature enough and didn’t have the people with experience around me to give me good advice. I lost my focus and it sent me into a depression.

“When the head doesn’t follow, no footballer can perform on the pitch. People think it’s easy to be a footballer because we earn a lot of money, but they forget we’re human beings.

Saido Berahino left Stoke City in the summer of 2019 after a troubled two-and-a-half year spell.

“They forget the mental side is the most important in football, in any sport, but also in life.

“If things aren’t well in your head, you won’t be able to do anything on the pitch. Many young players earn a lot of money very quickly but don’t find the right balance afterwards.

“I did it thanks to experience learned and my mum who was always there for me. I also had a daughter and a son who completely changed me. I suffered, but I still managed to become a professional footballer.”

Charleroi, who have an option to Berahino, are riding high in the Belgian Division One and are second in the table ahead of Sunday’s home clash with Gent.





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