Ian Wright baffled by Okay Yokuslu in West Brom loss v Leeds United
Ian Wright was perplexed by West Brom midfielder Okay Yokuslu after he gave a penalty away in the 3-1 loss at Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.
The Elland Road encounter was Albion’s final outing of a dismal 2020/21 Premier League campaign that has seen them relegated back to the Championship with a paltry 26 points.
It was Sam Allardyce’s last game in charge after he announced on Wednesday that he would be leaving at the end of the season, but there was to be no happy ending for the manager as Marcelo Bielsa’s team showed why there is a 33-point gap between the sides in West Yorkshire.
It could also have been Yokuslu’s final game for West Brom with the Celta Vigo loanee due to return to the Spanish side, but he gave away a penalty for a needless handball in the second half that allowed Patrick Bamford to score a third for the hosts.
“What’s he doing there, I don’t know what he’s doing there,” former England striker Wright exclaimed on BBC Match of the Day [23/05/21].
“That’s the way it’s gone for them.”
Out with a whimper
It was the exit of nightmares for Yokuslu as he carelessly conceded a spot-kick on what was likely to be his farewell appearance.
A return to The Hawthorns has not been totally ruled out but his performances for us in the second half of the campaign have surely piqued the interest of a number of Premier League clubs.
After his deadline-day arrival in February Yokuslu had a transformative effect on the side as we went on a three-game unbeaten streak in the same month against Manchester United, Burnley and Brighton.
He was also vital in the famous 5-2 win over Chelsea in April.
The Turkey international made a scintillating start to life in the West Midlands but he has regressed slightly in recent weeks, perhaps something that is no surprise given our troubled plight which has seen us relegated.
But he has surely done enough to have clubs queuing up for his services in the summer, and we may have seen the last of him in these parts.