NEC Banish Collins John To Reserves

NEC manager Mario Been has banished striker Collins John to the reserves...
Eredivisie outfit NEC will be without highly-rated striker Collins John for a while. Manager Mario Been has made the decision to banish the forward to the reserves.

John signed for NEC from English outfit Fulham last summer, but has failed to live up to expectations so far. He struggled to get fully match fit and scored only one goal for the UEFA Cup hopefuls.

The 23-year-old reportedly just returned to Nijmegen after a trial period at Championship side Charlton Athletic.

"Some unpleasant things happened between Collins [John] and the club. Therefore, I've made the decision to banish him to the reserves for a while," said Mario Been to ANP.

John is a product of the Twente youth academy and even made it to the Holland squad after a string of promising performances. However, his progress eventually stalled at Fulham and John never returned to his best form.

Stefan Coerts,