Familiar face for Derby County Nacer Barazite scores twice against the Rams

FC Utrecht Europa League

The Dutchman netted both goals in a 3-2 defeat for FC Utrecht.

Derby County won their most pre-season friendly yesterday, defeating Dutch side FC Utrecht 3-2 in Holland.

It was a positive win for The Rams, who are hoping to head toward Premier League promotion next season.

Goals from Ryan Shotton, Johnny Russell and Will Hughes were all on the scoresheet, but perhaps most eye-catching was the goalscorer for Utrecht.

The man who grabbed the brace for Utrecht was Nacer Barazite, who should be recognisable to both Derby and Arsenal fans.

Derby snapped up Barazite on loan from Arsenal back in 2008. He spent the 2008-09 season with the club and was an impressive member of their squad in the 2008-09 season.

He netted after a good team move and then scored from the penalty spot, giving Derby fans a little flash of what he once did for the team.

What happened?

So why is this former Arsenal protégé playing in Eredivisie and not the Premier League?

He left Arsenal in 2011, joining Austria Vienna where he became a real star. He scored 23 goals in 50 games for the club before a disastrous move to AS Monaco.

He played just 12 times for the club before heading back to Vienna and then spending a year on the sidelines with a knee injury.

He joined Utrecht a year ago and will now be hoping to have a productive 2015-16 campaign.

Derby fans will certainly wish him all the best.

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