West Bromwich Albion journalist Joe Masi has offered his thoughts on a potential return to The Hawthorns for former midfielder Okay Yokuslu after reports emerged this week.
Yokuslu joined West Brom on loan from Celta Vigo last season, but was unable to help steer them to safety. Although relegated, the Turkish international was impressive, playing 16 times for them, showing his importance.
According to SofaScore, the midfielder had an average rating of 6.99 in the Premier League. While that looks nothing special, to be consistently impressive in a relegation-fighting side (that ultimately lost that battle) has to be recognised.
According to Spanish outlet La Voz de Galicia, Yokuslu would favour a West Brom comeback – but Masi is not totally convinced.
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Talking on the Baggies Broadcast podcast, journalist Masi gave his thoughts on the potential transfer: “He’s definitely like a £6m player. I think he’s top-drawer. I’m amazed he didn’t secure a move in the summer. I know that his agent has been touting him around a lot of clubs in England; from what I understand, they’re in the Premier League.
“He didn’t manage to secure that Premier League move. Amazingly, he just doesn’t feature at all for Celta Vigo, really. It appears that he is just a lot more suited to English football than Spanish football, but I mean, he was our best player, really, after he came in.
“I don’t think that’s the area, personally, Albion are going to be looking to spend that kind of money. Does he really want to be in the Championship? I don’t think he does, to be honest.”
TIF thoughts on Yokuslu’s future…
It looks like Yokuslu will be desperate to move on from Celta Vigo, as so far this season he’s managed a disappointing 92 minutes across seven games in all competitions. That’s going to be demoralising for any professional.
Although likely to be wanting to move on, a West Brom reunion is rather unlikely. If he’s been trying for a Premier League move, there’s not a high chance he’d go to the Championship – although the reports in the Spanish press do go against that theory.
West Brom are currently two points away from the automatic promotion spots, so with a good chance at a Premier League return, Yokuslu could take the risk and look to play Premier League football at The Hawthorns next season.