Berahino gives Hodgson new option for Euro 2016

Saido Berahino continued his blistering start to the season with another goal at home to Manchester United, his sixth in eight games so far this term for West Brom.

In fact, the England Under-21 international has now helped himself to the position of best English striker this year in the Euro Fantasy League statistics, a fact that shows the nature of his rise as a force in the past year. His 120 points also suggests he could be considered by Roy Hodgson, ahead of the other potential national team strikers, who have not reached his heights yet this year.

In all competitions the WBA man has now netted seven goals in nine matches, taking into account his Under-21 scoring, but his recent form also suggests he is in top form, scoring in each of his last three league matches, including versus Liverpool and Manchester United.

With Berahino topping the English striker table (and behind only Diego Costa, Sergio Aguero and Graziano Pelle), he is ahead of Wayne Rooney in second place, with the England skipper registering half the points of the West Brom forward, 60. Fraizer Campbell of Crystal Palace is third with 50 points, while ex-England man Peter Crouch and new Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck are next, on 45 points each.

The stats do tend to speak for themselves, and Roy Hodgson will find it hard to ignore Berahino if he continues to impress in coming weeks. The Burundi-born forward is fast becoming a name to strongly consider for France 2016, and the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck will need to impress as much on the pitch in the intervening year and a half.


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