West Brom boss Clarke: Berahino success triumph for our academy

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke is delighted for England U21's new goalscoring hero Saido Berahino. The Baggies youngster has scored in consecutive U21 internationals this past week.

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke is delighted for England U21's new goalscoring hero Saido Berahino.

The Baggies youngster has scored in consecutive U21 internationals this past week.

“He’s getting his rewards, so I’m absolutely delighted for him,” said Clarke.

“It’s good that we’re talking about one of the products from the club’s academy. You have to show your young players and your academy graduates that there is a path to the first team.

“If you close that path the boys lose impetus and their desire to get to the first team. It’s always important if you can and when you can to give them a chance.

“Sometimes it’s difficult because it’s a results-driven industry and you have to make sure you get the balance right between showing that path and making sure you win the matches.

“But it’s great for people like Mark Harrison (academy manager) and Jimmy Shan (under-18s coach) in the academy that they and all the other coaches can see that, if the boys are there, we will give them a chance.”

 
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