A year ago, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni appeared to have his pick of the clubs.
A modern day street footballer who racked up the hits on YouTube and even acted as a body double for Neymar in a number of high-profile commercials, not to mention being labelled the new Riyad Mahrez, he was a man in high demand when his Newcastle United contract came to an end in the summer of 2018.
According to Goal, Wolverhampton Wanderers were interested. Leeds United were too while El-Mhanni himself also underwent a trial with Brentford – a club renowned for plucking dazzling young talents out of nowhere (Goal).
But, one year on, El-Mhanni is not strutting his stuff in the Premier League or the Championship. Instead, he can’t even get a game at a club stuck at the bottom of League Two.
Scunthorpe United raised eyebrows aplenty when they signed the Lewes-born 23-year-old on a free transfer 12 months ago. But, after just five first-team appearances for The Iron, El-Mhanni has now disappeared completely from the picture.
He hasn’t featured in any of their opening seven games in League Two with Scunthorpe bottom of the table, one point from a possible 21 to their name.
Perhaps a battle for Football League survival is simply not the right environment for a player who has built his reputation upon rainbow flicks and roulettes.
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