One of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s first acts at Queens Park Rangers was to reunite with a player who had helped steer Burton Albion to the vertigo-inducing heights of the top of the League One table.
According to the club’s official website, Nasser El Khayati penned a two-year deal with the Loftus Park club as the Dutch boss attempted to put together a side capable of dragging QPR out of the mire and towards the upper echelons of the Championship table once again.
However, after netting just once in 16 games for QPR last season, Ian Holloway wasted no time in casting the forward aside when he returned to the capital club earlier in the season. According to the Kilburn Times, one of the manager’s main priorities during the January transfer was to find a club willing to take El Khayati off his hands, either on a temporary or permanent basis.
However, if the 27-year-old, who arrived at Burton from the Dutch third tier, was hoping that a return to his homeland would kick-start a stalling career, he will have been disappointed.
ADO Den Haag may be second bottom in the Eredivisie table but even their precarious position and the fact that only one club has scored fewer goals this season, they have still used the QPR loanee sparingly so far.
In fact, El Khayati has only started once and his last three appearances have amounted to nothing more than brief cameos in the final ten minutes of defeats to AZ and Feyenoord as well as a draw with Twente.
According to WhoScored’s player ratings, 20 players in ADO’s struggling squad have outperformed El Khayati since his arrival.
If Holloway was unconvinced, the silky forward has done little to suggest he deserves a second chance.