Okay Yokuslu unquestionably left his mark at The Hawthorns, despite only being a West Brom player for a little under four months.
The Turkish midfielder was everything that Albion had previously been lacking, a presence in the middle of the pitch who could break up opposing attacks and navigate his way out of crowded areas of the pitch to set the Baggies on their way up the other end of the field.
He did so to great effect. Leeds United, his final opponents as an Albion player, have been linked with a move this summer.
Yokuslu has been doing it on the international stage, too, and it has begged the question: why did Celta Vigo let him go, when he clearly has so much ability?
The Spanish side have options of their own and posted a top half finish in La Liga, so quite clearly aren’t short on talent themselves, but Yokuslu seemed to be a particularly clever signing made by the departed Sam Allardyce and Albion as they finally addressed a staggeringly obvious flaw in their set-up.
Yokuslu hit the ground running and was immense for the first couple of months in the side. Along with Matheus Pereira and Sam Johnstone, he was without doubt one of Albion’s key men. His performance levels tailed off a little towards the end of the campaign with the club’s fate sealed, but it’s clear that he has the ability to cut it in the top flight of England.
Albion, of course, were rather dreaming of an outcome where they could convince Yokuslu to stay at The Hawthorns despite the drop, and everything that comes with it – the financial restrictions, for example.
Yokuslu enjoyed living in Birmingham – he and next door neighbour and fellow loanee Mbaye Diagne got on – and he clearly believes himself that the Premier League is a division he can find a club in.
“I have a contract with Celta Vigo for two more years,” Yokuslu said. “I don’t have clear information about the financial situation of the club, but frankly, they can put me up for transfer.
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“I want to stay in the Premier League. I had a good season there but we don’t know what will happen.”
The wait now begins. With the European Championships set to get underway this month, and Yokuslu in the Turkey squad, it’s likely that any movement on the transfer front may have to wait until the culmination of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Hegazi has confirmed that he’ll be with Al-Ittihad next term; the Egyptian moved from Albion to Jeddah on an initial loan deal in October but that deal becomes permanent this summer.
“I will continue with Ittihad Jeddah next season,” Hegazi said. “My debut season with the team was very good and we achieved part of the team’s goals.”