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Saido Berahino at Sheffield Wednesday: How’s it gone so far? What issues does he face? What’s next?



The summer transfer window was certainly an impressive one for Sheffield Wednesday.

Despite their relegation from the Championship at the end of last season, the Owls were able to make some eye-catching signings while the market was open.

One such signing was Saido Berahino, who made the move to Hillsborough on deadline day, returning to England following a two-year spell in Belgium, playing for Zulte Waregem and Charleroi.

Given the striker’s reputation and profile following his previous time in England with West Brom and Stoke, Berahino’s return to the English game did generate a fair amount of interest.

So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at how things have gone for Berahino during the early stages of his time at Hillsborough, right here.

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How’s it gone so far?

Berahino does seem to have settled in to life at Sheffield Wednesday rather quickly.

The 28-year-old has featured in both of the Owls’ league games since his move, coming off the bench in the defeat at Plymouth, before starting the draw at home to Shrewsbury the following weekend.

That first Sheffield Wednesday start for Berahino also brought about his first Owls goal, as he headed in Barry Bannan’s corner, while he had other chances to add to his tally.

The early signs are therefore promising, suggesting is developing a connection with his teammates needed to make an impact over the rest of the campaign.

What issues does he face?

Despite a strong start, Berahino is not guaranteed regular game time at Hillsborough.

With the likes of the soon to be fit again Josh Windass, as well as fellow summer signings Florian Kamberi, Mide Shodipo, Lee Gregory, Theo Corbeanu, and Sylla Sow also on the books, there are plenty of other options for Darren Moore to turn to other than Berahino should he want to.

There is also the issue of the pressure there is on Wednesday to win promotion this season, not least with the need for the Owls to make a swift return to form, after claiming just one point in their last three league games.

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What’s next?

Berahino will be looking to help get Wednesday back on track quickly, starting with Saturday’s trip to Ipswich.

The striker will also be looking to perform well this season in order to boost his prospects from an individual perspective.

It has been reported that Berahino has signed a one-year contract with Wednesday, who hold the option to extend that deal by a further 12 months.

As a result, the pressure is arguably now on the 28-year-old, as he looks to impress enough to secure his future either with Wednesday, or another club, beyond the end of this season.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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