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Former Owl Eyad Hammoud wins top-flight title elsewhere – or has he?

Former Sheffield Wednesday talent Eyad Hammoud may have won the Lebanese title with Ansar in what has become a rather bizarre tale for the young attacker.

Hammoud was born in Lebanon but began his footballing career in Bulgaria.

The 19-year-old joined Lokomotiv Plovdiv, making his first-team debut aged 15 years, three months and 26 days which ranks him as second as the youngest ever to play in the Bulgarian First League.

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In early 2017, Hammoud went to Sheffield to undergo a trial with Wednesday and later signed for the club at the end of the 2016-17 campaign on an initial two-year deal.

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The former Bulgaria U18 international was highly-rated. The Guardian ranked him among the 60 best talents in world football in 2018, alongside Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood.

But what has happened to Hammoud since then?

The youngster unexpectedly departed Wednesday in 2019. He had a trial at Preston North End, but in August 2019 went on to sign for Ansar on a five-year deal in his native Lebanon.

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Ansar this past week have been crowned Lebanon title winners. It is their 14th top-flight title since being founded in 1951, and their first in 15 years since the 2006-07 campaign.

Hammoud is a title winner. Or is he? Bizarrely, there is little information on whether the former Owls ace is still at the club or not. There is no appearance record, nor a release statement.

Either way, it has been some turn of events for the now Lebanon U20 international.

Hammoud was once rated a potential superstar. The Guardian’s list after all shows current first-team stars at United, Liverpool and Spanish giants Real Madrid among others.

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