The name Abdenasser El Khayati will resonate with Queens Park Rangers fans, but what’s he up to now?
The ‘not so flying Dutchman’ was signed by his native compatriot Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for QPR on the deadline day of the 2016 winter transfer window.
He joined from Burton Albion where Hasselbaink had been a hit at before being appointed QPR boss, but almost a year after signing for the West Londoners he was shipped out on-loan to Dutch side ADO Den Haag.
So what went so wrong for El Khayati at QPR?
He made 25 appearances for the club in his time there, mostly from the bench, and scored just the one goal against Charlton (a good goal in all fairness).
But his game-time was rapidly reduced going into the 2016/17 Championship season – the club made a number of signings which would keep El Khayati on the bench, including Pawel Wszolek, Luke Freeman and Yeni Ngbakoto, and that was followed by Hasselbaink’s inevitable sacking in November of that season.
Ian Holloway was appointed and he didn’t favour El Khayati, spelling the end of his brief spell in London.
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Returning to his native Holland, he resurrected his career with Den Haag – in two-and-a-half seasons there he scored 31 goals in 70 games, begging the question of why he couldn’t even get close to the QPR first-team.
Today he’s plying his trade in Qatar, playing in the Qatar Stars League with Qatar Sports Club.
The now 30-year-old has played six times for his new club so far this season, scoring the one goal.
He was a friendly face in his time at QPR and one who clearly had the ability, but it just wasn’t a good time in QPR’s history.