All through his trial with Blackburn Rovers, Faissal El Bakhtaoui no doubt dreamed of glory in the English Championship, encouraged by his agent, believing this was his level and looking forward to a huge upgrade in sporting and financial status. Instead, rejected by Owen Coyle's Lancashire club after a week in which he did not impress sufficiently to be offered a contract, Faissal has signed for Dundee. He will play his home games at the stadium pictured above (braw, isn't it?) instead of running out for Blackburn at away grounds such as St James Park, Elland Road or Hillsborough. His agent has failed him, and the player has also failed his agent. It's like your best pal setting you up on a blind date, promising you that the mystery woman is a ravishing beauty, only what turns up on the night is fat Betty, all plooks and facial hair.
Faissal's Blackburn trial ended in failure, but another trial is about to begin and the jury is still out on whether he will be a success in the Scottish Premiership. Arriving at Dunfermline in 2012 as a raw and completely untried futsal player, the Pars gave him time and endless amounts of patience to develop, which he will not be afforded in Dundee. He will very quickly find himself in a much less forgiving situation, and up against a far better standard of player than the part timers he scored against in League 1 last season. Pars fans felt a great deal of affection towards him, but that may not be the case at Dundee, as he arrives as a supposedly fully formed player, ready to replace the likes of Kane Hemmings.
Faissal's League 1 winners medal remains at East End Park, uncollected and unwanted by a player who clearly is of the opinion that he is above such trinkets (and after the club have contacted him many times to collect the medal). Despite scoring 30 goals last season, and making a major contribution towards Dunfermline's League 1 title win, Faissal's time at East End Park ended with him disrespecting the club, fans, and fellow players by leaving Scotland on the morning of the player of the year event, not notifying the club of his absence, an event that he knew he was in line to collect multiple awards, unwilling to wait 12 extra hours in this country to thank those who supported - and for a long time - tolerated him. Every other player attended, even those who had already been told they would not be offered new contracts. He took the first plane possible back to France. It's worth mentioning that he was able to go to the players' end of season week in Magaluf, which ended the day before the player of the year event.
His time at Dunfermline has been soured by the classless way he has behaved in the past 3 months. However, his legacy has never been a concern to him, only what lies ahead. Faissal has a huge wake-up call approaching and one day might wish he had collected his awards and medal for season 2015/16, and shown a little more class and humility in the process.