Nico Yennaris certainly made a big impression during his time with Brentford.
After joining the club in 2014 the midfielder went on to make 157 appearances for the club, a tally that saw him before a real fans’ favourite after scoring 12 goals and creating eight more.
Yennaris started his career with Arsenal’s youth set-up before moving to Griffin Park at the age of 19 as he looked to make his way in the game.
After five years with the club the midfielder completed a move to the Chinese Super League with Beijing Sinobo Guoan in January 2019.
I’m delighted to announce I’ve signed for Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC as a Chinese citizen. It’s an exciting opportunity for me to play in the birth country of my mother and grandparents. Lastly, big thanks to @AreteLtd for helping make all this happen 👊🏽🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/boLWtSfWUv
— Nico Yennaris (@Nico_Yennaris) January 31, 2019
This came after the player made history by becoming the first naturalised player to be called up by the China national team, and taking the name Li Ke.
In his first season with the club Guoan finished second overall in the 2019 Chinese Super League, before finishing second once again in last term’s Super League Group B.
The hope will now be that he can kick on as football looks to resume in China.
At 27 years of age Yennaris is very much in his prime years and he’ll no doubt be hoping to make a big impact in the coming years.
Whether he’ll stay in China or return to England at some stage remains to be seen, but I’m sure that Brentford supporters would love to see the player back in England at some point.