Clarke praises El Ghanassy

West Brom boss pleased with winger's performance

Yassine El Ghanassy: Belgian winger was in startling form against Walsall

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West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has praised winger Yassine El Ghanassy for his performance against Walsall in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.

El Ghanassy set up two goals and scored one, as the Baggies registered a comfortable 3-1 victory at the Banks's Stadium.

Clarke was delighted with the performance of the 22-year-old Belgium international, who is currently on loan at West Brom from KAA Gent, and believes that he has still got room to improve.

"Yassine was involved in all the goals," said Clarke. "He made two and scored one but he's a young player, who has a lot to learn.

"We will keep his feet on the ground and try to keep him level headed but you could see he has some assets and he can look exciting on the pitch.


"I'm keen to keep his feet on the ground. It's not a case of keeping him on a rein - we just need to make sure he develops at the right pace.

"I know a little bit about looking after young players and it's important that when they do play it's only when they're ready to play.

"What people saw yesterday might have excited them and it's good for his confidence, especially given that he's a winger who tends to thrive on confidence."

West Brom will begin their Premier League campaign with a home game against Liverpool on Saturday August 18th.