Steve Madeley believes that Okay Yokuslu is ‘destined to stay’ in the Premier League when his loan spell with West Brom finishes at the end of the season.
In his article in The Athletic, Madeley has waxed lyrical about the midfielder whose contract at Spanish side Celta Vigo expires in 2023.
Having joined West Brom on loan, the 27-year-old has been one of the team’s best players and has helped them find some form as they’re fighting a losing battle to avoid relegation.
Madeley wrote, “In just 11 games for the club, [Yokuslu] has become the most indispensable player in Sam Allardyce’s squad.
“Yokuslu’s presence as a protector of Allardyce’s back four has enabled other members of the squad to perform at a higher level than before.
“He appears likely to have Premier League suitors when his Hawthorns loan ends. And whichever clubs signs him will get a no-fuss, no-frills game-changer who is destined to stay in the Premier League.”
What could have been
Yokuslu joined as a relative unknown in January and many wondered whether he would be the answer to our relegation woes.
While we’re still facing the imminent threat of the drop, Yokuslu has been one of the reasons why we’re mathematically in with a chance of survival.
As Madeley rightly points out, we’ve scored 1.2 goals on an average per game when he starts, compared to 0.5 without him.
His influence is just as important at the other end, if not more, with the Baggies conceding one goal a game with him in the team, and 2.3 in his absence.
With him sitting at the heart of midfield, other players have been given the creative freedom to express themselves.
We’re gutted that a player of his calibre wasn’t with us for the entirety of the season. Had he joined in September we would’ve been far more comfortable, and possibly nearing safety.
However, things haven’t turned out too well and there’s a good chance that we won’t be signing him permanently in the summer as another top-flight side is likely to make a swoop for him.
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