Tuesday 14 August 2012

New player factfile #12: West Brom's Yassine El Ghanassy

The skilful Belgian winger is starting out on a promising career

  • Yassine El Ghanassy came through the ranks at La Louviere in Belgium

  • He made his name at Gent where he drew comparisons with Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz

  • West Brom manager Steve Clarke believes patience will be needed for the Belgian to settle

  • The 22-year-old has arrived at the Hawthorns on a season-long loan

  • El Ghanassy has already appeared for West Brom in pre-season friendly matches

In the 12th of our profiles on this season's Barclays Premier League newcomers, premierleague.com takes a look at the promising winger aiming to show West Bromwich Albion fans why he is known as 'the Magician' back home.

Yassine El Ghanassy

Club: West Bromwich Albion
Nationality: Belgian
Position: Winger
DOB: 12/07/90    
Age: 22
Height: 5ft 8in
Transfer fee: Free
Fantasy Premier League transfer fee: £5m
Contracted: Season-long loan
Previous clubs: La Louvière (2006-08), Gent (2008-present)
League appearances: 90 (Belgian first division), 6 (Belgian third division)
League goals: 10 (Belgian first division)
International appearances: 2
International goals:
0
Nickname: The Magician

Profile: An exciting winger, El Ghanassy is known for his pace and flamboyant skills. The 22-year-old's versatility creates plenty of options for head coach Steve Clarke; he is able play on either wing and has occasionally played as a central striker in the past.

He says: "My position is as a left or right winger and I like to run with the ball. I have some skills and I promise the team some skills."

They say: "This is a big move for Yassine and we'll have to be patient with him as he settles into a new country and gets to grips with the demands of the Barclays Premier League. But we believe he has got the raw talent to make an impact here." (Steve Clarke, West Brom head coach)

Interesting stat: El Ghanassy has dual-nationality and could have chosen to play international football for Belgium or Morroco.

Did you know? His father, Hajjaj El Ghanassy, was also a professional footballer.

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Key Points

  • Yassine El Ghanassy came through the ranks at La Louviere
  • Winger earned the nickname 'The Magician' while at Gent
  • The 22-year-old has played twice for Belgium