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Yao on Trial
American winger Devann Yao played ninety minutes on trial for Birmingham City’s development squad in their 1-0 win over their Nottingham Forest counterparts yesterday.
The 22-year-old last played league football for Belgian second division side Boussu Dour Borinage but left at the end of October of last year having lost his starting position. The American had made 22 appearances for Boussu last season, scoring four times.
Born to an Ivorian father and an Italian mother, Yao holds both American and Italian citizenship allowing him to play without need for a work permit.
Hailed as an exciting youth prospect, Yao has had a career which saw him discovered as “the next big thing” as a ten-year-old in his native New York City before moving to France to play in FC Metz’ youth academy as a thirteen year old. He then played for a year in Italy for AS Livorno’s reserves and Pisa before moving on to a spell in Scotland with St Mirren.
Having struggled to= make it in Scotland Yao returned to hs native America to try out for MLS side New York Red Bulls before returning to England where he trialled with Ipswich Town in November 2009, eventually winning a contract in February 2010.
The winger never made an appearance for Ipswich however after failing to impress in their reserve side and was released by the Tractor Boys at the end of the 2009-10 season. He then trialled for West Ham where he played in two pre-season fixtures. Unfortunately he couldn’t quite make the cut there either and ended up signing for Ashford Town in February 2011, playing the remainder of the season for the Southern League Division One Central club before making his way to Belgium.
Yao is a winger who can play either side and was known in Belgium for his pace and his dribbling. In the footage of him playing for Boussu you can see he is keen to take the man on either side to get to the byline although his shooting seems to leave a little to be desired.
At this moment in time it’s not known how long Yao is on trial with Blues for, or if he is likely to be taken on but it shows where Blues are on a transfer basis that they are looking at an out-of-contract player from the Belgian second division as a potential signing.
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