West Brom news

El Ghanassy facing uncertain future

February 21, 2013
By Ian Edwards

Yassine El Ghanassy is unlikely to be given a second chance by West Bromwich Albion to fulfil his Premier League ambitions.

Yassine El Ghanassy
PA PhotosYassine El Ghanassy has struggled for games

Manager Steve Clarke has revealed the reasons behind his decision to allow the winger to leave the Hawthorns mid-way through a season-long loan from Gent. And he  has intimated that the 22-year-old will not be returning next season as the Belgian international completes the remainder of the campaign with Dutch club Heerenveen.

El Ghanassy made just one Capital Cup start for Albion and two substitute appearances and it was hoped that he would play a bigger part over the second half of the season. But reservations about El Ghanassy's ability to cope with the demands of Premier League football have been confirmed by Clarke.

"I would say it looks probable that he won’t be here next season," said Clarke. “Beyond that I couldn’t say whether Gent will want to have him back or leave him in Holland.

"Our team started the season well, there was no place for him in the starting XI and his time off the bench was really limited as well. He just couldn’t break into the team. He’s a young player who moved to another country and different team, didn’t get the chance to play and his confidence went down a little bit.

"As a winger he is a confidence player and we just felt in January, rather than keep him until the end of the season and have him miss out and not play many games, it was an opportunity for him to go and play.

"Circumstances and our strong start to the season denied him the opportunity to be in the team. We chose to try to help kick-start him by letting him go to another club in another country."