Young West Bromwich Albion striker Yuning Zhang will spend the 2018/19 season with Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag.
The 21-year-old signed for West Brom in the summer of 2017 from Vitesse Arnhem and he penned a three-year deal at The Hawthorns. The club described the signing as a ‘development project’ and although he was considered pretty highly rated, the deal was confusing as the undisclosed fee paid for him was said to be an investment outside of our ring-fenced transfer budget for the year.
Het is officieel! De komst van Yuning Zhang is afgerond! ???? De Chinese aanvaller wordt voor één seizoen gehuurd van West Bromwich Albion. Zhang is vandaag medisch gekeurd, maandag wordt hij officieel gepresenteerd in het Cars Jeans Stadion! | https://t.co/KGD5V9u1IP pic.twitter.com/qSYRq1BeuI
— ADO Den Haag ???? (@ADODenHaag) June 22, 2018
The player wasn’t capable of getting a work permit for England, but that was known, so he was immediately sent out on loan to Werder Bremen. That deal was supposed to last for two seasons but they cut it short at the end of 2017/18. He only made one appearance at best for them that I can see, but others state he didn’t take to the pitch a single time outside of friendlies and from a quick Google search, it seems he also had problems getting a registration to play Under 23 football.
In any event, they did cancel the deal for the nine capped international and although this hasn’t been confirmed by West Bromwich Albion directly, ADO Den Haag have confirmed his arrival with them.
Hopefully, he can get a good year under him and West Brom fans will be able to actually form an opinion on him.