According to The Express and Star, West Brom’s Zhang Yuning, previously on loan at ADO Den Haag, has returned to The Hawthorns before a proposed move to an unnamed Chinese Super League.
The Chinese striker, signed in 2017, is expected to depart for the East next week with zero minutes in Baggies blue and white under his belt.
The 22-year-old will not be returning to England to train in B71, instead leaving straight for China to finalise his move. Fortunately for the Baggies, the player has cost them nothing in fees as owner Guochuan Lai financed the transfer himself and paid his wages.
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Lai had surely been hoping that the hitman would significantly boost the Midlands club’s fanbase in Asia and perhaps develop into a useful player, but that hasn’t been the case as he has been unable to secure a work permit in England.
Here’s how the West Brom faithful reacted to the news on Twitter…
Sad to see such a West Brom legend leave the club. I hope plans for his statue are announced in the coming days.
— James- A T I D (@James84507668) February 22, 2019
Lets face it, he was signed by an owner hoping we’d flog loads of albion shirts with Zhang on the back to gain personal profit but didn’t actually look into his quality or eligibility. Anyone would think he doesn’t have a clue & actually doesn’t care about the club ? #wba
— Jamie Rossiter (@Jay89R) February 22, 2019
Thanks for the memories ?
— Nick Ganderton (@nick_wba_khfc) February 22, 2019
This transfer was a joke and an insult to WBA fans.
Anyone that thinks Lai paid for this needs there head read. So obvious the club brought him no question.
Lai should hang his head in shame blowing millions of clubs money on this kid and I’m not having he brought him no way
— Stuart Hunt (@huntywbafc) February 22, 2019
The publicity stunt what went wrong
— Richard Downing (@rjdowning) February 22, 2019
Tried to get into the Chinese market to sell shirts etc and failed miserably. They only care for the big name players lol. Glory hunters haha.
— Anthony Roberts (@RobertsWBA23) February 22, 2019
That was the worst transfer I’ve seen brought him loaned him out and then now. Selling him ?
— Tyrellb15 (@Tyrellb152) February 22, 2019
— Lee Johnson (@leizlandlee) February 22, 2019
The owners acted on their own steam in scouting and signing this player. Thankfully no money came from the club’s coffers. Let’s move on. I hope we will not have repeats of such charades. Why he was photographed with an Albion shirt is bizarre – he was never worthy to wear it.
— Conrad Chircop (@conradchircop) February 22, 2019