Obbi Oulare says he is hoping to secure a loan move to Europe in a bid to revive his career.
The strapping Belgian striker was signed last summer with a view to the long term but even he has been struck by how limited his involvement has been. He made two substitute league appearances, away at Swansea and at home to Leicester, totalling five minutes and was dragged off at half-time on his full debut against Newcastle in the FA Cup.
With the dead rubber game against West Ham United on the horizon, Oulare was then thrust into two under-21 games in the space of five days and injured his hamstring. He was taken to Norwich City, in the penultimate game of the season, but just for the ride as he watched the match from the stands. He was then nowhere to be seen on the final day against Sunderland.
“I hope now to find a club in Belgium or the Netherlands that will allow me to find the rhythm and continue to develop,” Oulare said in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad.
Quique Sanchez Flores referred to Oulare as “a project” and was loathe to send him on loan to Belgium or Holland because he wanted him to develop under his watch and not return to the slower pace of football in the Belgian Pro League or the Eredivisie. Why he wasn’t loaned to a Championship club for the second half of the season is unclear.
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