Ex West Brom loanee El Ghanassy still a free agent, struggling to find a club

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Former West Brom loanee Yassine El Ghanassy is searching for a club.

From being touted as one of the stars of the future, Yassine El Ghanassy's career has stalled at only 24-years-old.

In 2011 he was linked to Manchester City, and having previously had a trial with Birmingham, he finally ended up with a Premier League club a year later.

Steve Clarke signed him on loan for West Brom, but he never played a single Premier League game for the Baggies.

This was despite scoring three in four for the under-21s, and netting once in two League Cup appearances.

Currently he is a free agent, searching for a club, with a report emerging yesterday in Italy that he had been offered to Serie A side Parma, who rejected the chance to bring him aboard.

So where did it all go wrong for the two-time capped Belgian international?

West Brom cancelled his loan deal in January 2013, allowing him to return to Gent, from which he left for Heerenveen in Holland, with Steve Clarke later telling the Birmingham Mail:

"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.

"We chose to try to help kick-start him by letting him go to another club in another country."

At Heerenveen the winger had success, scoring five goals in 14 matches, but it was not enough for them to sign him, and he returned to Gent in Belgium. 

He had a relatively productive spell before moving to UAE side Al Ain, where he played only seven games without scoring or really settling.

After realising he was no longer in the plans of his Belgian employers, both club and player agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent on September 19, reported newspaper Nieuwsblade, but a month on, he is yet to find a new club as a free agent.

El Ghanassy is a player with real talent, but needs to find a side where he can play regularly, and settle, having been shunted around for the past two seasons.

It's likely he will find a club, but could have to wait until January, with sides not really focusing their efforts on the transfer market at present. For his sake, it would be nice to see him get his career back on track and start showing why he was once so highly rated.

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