Saturday night in Birmingham, and a television remote control is overheating. Because Liliane Berahino knows Roy of the Rovers has nothing on her lad. Lilian’s son Saido is living every football-mad schoolboy’s fantasy.
And in doing so, he might just tick the last remaining box in Albion’s 21st-century story.
A dream month for Berahino Junior scaled new heights on Saturday when the Burundi-born hitman struck the historic winner that gave the Baggies their first victory at Old Trafford for 35 years.
It was a moment he reckons his devoted mother will never tire of watching – but the ultra-cool 20-year-old insists he won’t get carried away with his magical moment.
“I think my mum might rewind the goal a few times,” joked Berahino.
“But I’ve got to not get carried away because there is a big game coming up against Arsenal on Sunday so I really just have to relax, recover and next week be ready again.”
The Albion academy graduate admitted, however, that his life has taken some remarkable turns in the last month, just as it did as a child when he escaped a civil war in Burundi that claimed the life of his father and moved to England to start a new life.
Having joined the Baggies as an 11-year-old just a year after arriving in Britain, Berahino was marked out quickly as a rare talent.
It came to fruition in August when he marked his full debut with a Capital One Cup hat-trick against Newport County.
The dream, which the strongly-religious youngster puts down to his Christian faith, continued with a goal in each of his first two games for England Under-21s.
And it got even better on Saturday when he struck the winner against the Premier League champions to claim a piece of Albion history.
“This is up there with the hat-trick and the England goals,” he said.
“Scoring against Manchester United is everyone’s dream – youngster or older player.
“I can’t believe it and it just shows how God is really great.
“The gaffer has given me the chance and believed in me so I thank him and the club for being so good to me.
“I just don’t want the journey to end now. I want to carry on and build on it for many years to come.”
Berahino is emerging as the standard bearer for Albion’s academy, which was set up later than those of neighbours Wolves and Villa and has so far been playing catch-up.
Turning a home-grown youngster into a first-team regular remains an unfulfilled ambition for the Jeremy Peace regime but, after replacing the injured Scott