Nico Yennaris

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Nico played a crucial role for us in picking up vital away points over the years. I remember some stellar performances when we needed to dig in. I can't help but feel we'd have picked up more points away from home with him in the team.

We all agree he's not good enough in a footballing side aiming for Premier League football, and we definitely sold at the right time given the money involved. But he definitely posseses a quality we've missed in the squad this year.
 

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Nico played a crucial role for us in picking up vital away points over the years. I remember some stellar performances when we needed to dig in. I can't help but feel we'd have picked up more points away from home with him in the team.

We all agree he's not good enough in a footballing side aiming for Premier League football, and we definitely sold at the right time given the money involved. But he definitely posseses a quality we've missed in the squad this year.
I think what you write is fair but for the sake of balance Nico did start in away games v Blackburn, PNE, QPR, Norwich and Hull this season where we were at our very worst.
 

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I think what you write is fair but for the sake of balance Nico did start in away games v Blackburn, PNE, QPR, Norwich and Hull this season where we were at our very worst.
Of course, no disputing he was very poor this season before he left. Although his focus may have been influenced by his imminent move to China.
 

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Looks to be doing alright for himself.
 

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Called up to the Chinese national team.
According to the BBC, China had a policy of only picking Chinese-born players i.e. refusing to pick naturalised players from overseas.

However, Lippi made it a condition of his returning as manager that they relax this.

The speculation is that they've softened their previous position by starting with overseas players who have a family connection (Nico's is via his mother):
"Beijing Guoan's John Hou Saeter and Guangzhou Evergrande's Tyias Browning are expected to follow that path in the future."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48459770
 

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Made his first appearance for China in a friendly win over the Philippines. In doing so became the first footballer born outside China to represent the national team.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48564077

Bit harsh calling him “the former Arsenal & Brentford reserve.” He was regularly around the 1st team during his time with us playing over 100 games.
 

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Made his first appearance for China in a friendly win over the Philippines. In doing so became the first footballer born outside China to represent the national team.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48564077

Bit harsh calling him “the former Arsenal & Brentford reserve.” He was regularly around the 1st team during his time with us playing over 100 games.
Arsenal reserve yes.
 

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It's the BBC :shrug:

While I'm obviously happy for Nico, I'm also surprised that China doesn't have at least a few dozen better players.
 

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Not much about Nico here but a standing ovation from 40,000 must be nearly as good as scoring a late winner at the Ealing Road end. Congratulations Li Ke
 

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The fact that he’s been chosen to do the EA Sports promo video about China published in the aftermath of them dropping Ozil from the Chinese version of the game explains why we got so much money for a very average but hard working midfielder.
 

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He didn’t meet our expectations, latterly, but neither did John Egan. I’m totally sympathetic to the plight of the Uighur people, I wouldn’t get too holier than thou about it.
 

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Just had a weekend away, and whilst in the pool, got talking to a Spurs fan who is a butcher
and has a couple of shops in Tottenham, and Nico’s Mum is a good customer. She says he’s
doing very well in China, and recently took all the family on an exotic holiday.
Good luck to him :)
 

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Just had a weekend away, and whilst in the pool, got talking to a Spurs fan who is a butcher
and has a couple of shops in Tottenham, and Nico’s Mum is a good customer. She says he’s
doing very well in China, and recently took all the family on an exotic holiday.
Good luck to him :)
What a scoop :thumbsup:
 

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So per Nico, he’s been given this name but doesn’t know what it mean. Who says footballers are thick? 😀
 

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Does that mean he will have difficulty if he wants to come back to England to live
I would guess possibly under the new points system unless he reapplies for a British passport once his China career is over as I assume he was born here.
 

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I would have thought he retained dual nationality.
 

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He can’t hold Chinese citizenship dually with British.
OK, I guess that a Chinese law. I have quite a few friends and relations (like my sister) who have both UK passports and one of their citizenship, although my sister is not bothering to renew her UK one now as it no longer has any real benefit to her. Having just received a new black one myself, she doesn't even like the colour!
 

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So per Nico, he’s been given this name but doesn’t know what it mean. Who says footballers are thick? 😀
A mate told me the name Li Kè means powerful guest/visitor, but what would I know
Also dual nationality is not recognised in China, hence he/'s been naturalised
 

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I trust this name change doesn't invalidate any potential 'sell-on' fee in the future.
 

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He can’t hold Chinese citizenship dually with British.
I don't know for certain, but I suspect China, like eg Japan, is one of those countries which requires you to renounce all other citizenships if you are to hold/acquire their citizenship.
However, if/when he were to move back to the UK permanently, HMG will still treat him as British on account of his birth/upbringing/parentage etc, since we allow people to hold dual nationality.
 

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He could be a plumber after playing football I guess 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

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