The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Richards

NASSER El Khay­ati’s dead­line day de­par­ture to QPR robbed Bur­ton Al­bion of their top scorer, but Brew­ers boss Nigel Clough is adamant it was the right de­ci­sion for the good of the club.

The 26-year-old scored eight goals in League One for the Brew­ers this sea­son, but was ea­ger to join former boss Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink at Lof­tus Road.

But Clough feels his side has enough to win pro­mo­tion with­out the Dutch striker.

“The player wanted to go and that’s cru­cial,” said Clough.“If you keep him against his will, what sort of frame of mind will he be in?

“But we think it was a good enough deal for the club and we think the squad is good enough.We sat down with the chair­man and, if you think it would com­pletely ruin your pro­mo­tion hopes, you don’t do it. But we don’t think that is the case.

“He’s a smash­ing lad and goes with ev­ery­body’s best wishes. I don’t see us as a sell­ing club, but if an of­fer comes in for a player to go higher and it’s a good of­fer, then it’s dif­fi­cult to turn down.”

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