Sheffield Wednesday: What Saido Berahino thinks of bad boy reputation as he targets promotion for 'mentor'

Sheffield Wednesday forward Saido Berahino says he has come to terms with the noise that follows him through his career and spoke candidly about his long-standing relationship with Owls boss Darren Moore.

Friday, 25th February 2022, 5:00 am

The 28-year-old former Premier League starlet worked with Moore as a youngster at West Brom and after scoring his second goal for Wednesday in their 3-1 South Yorkshire derby win at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday expressed his desire to achieve the first promotion of his career.

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Indiscretions in his younger days have slapped a certain reputation on the Wednesday striker, one he suggested he has come to terms with.

Saido Berahino changed the game in Sheffield Wednesday's 3-1 win at Doncaster Rovers.

“Unfortunately that's something that will be a cloud over me wherever I go,” Berahino told The Star. “The people and players that have worked with me or spent any time with me understand who I am.

“This season I've had no problems with anyone and although I haven't performed as well on the pitch as I'd like to, I've showed a glimpse. I hope now I can kick on and help the team get a promotion.”

On his relationship with Moore, Berahino went as far as to describe him as a mentor.

Previous to his signing at S6, the Burundi international had spoken in glowing terms about his manager’s influence on his career. It is a relationship that has only strengthened in their time together in South Yorkshire, he said, despite frustrating periods of time out of the team.

Berahino said: “I know him really well, we know each other inside out. I watched him as a ball boy, I knew him as a young lad and so I know what a good guy he is. It's been great to actually work with him again.

“He was so important for me coming back to England, to have somebody who understands me as a person and what sort of player I am. I've shown a little glimpse of what I can do, but behind closed doors he's been like a mentor, he's helped me a lot. He's been fantastic for me.”

Berahino’s game-changing second half display at the Eco-Power Stadium could see him handed only his second start in league football since October when they welcome Charlton Athletic to Hillsborough this weekend.