Tuesday 14 August 2012
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.
Club: West Bromwich Albion
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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