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Adil Nabi struggling to get minutes at Delhi Dynamos

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ALBION'S young striker Adil Nabi has played just 31 minutes of football for the Delhi Dynamos in the first five games of the season since moving to India on loan.

Making just two appearances from the bench, Albion's young player of the year last season has been an unused substitute for Roberto Carlos' team in the last three games.

The 21-year-old of Pakistani origin moved more than 4,600 miles in search of first-team football and is the first player to be directly loaned from the Premier League to the Indian Super League.

The promising youngster, who joined the club when he was eight years old, has scored 26 goals for Albion Under-21s, but is yet to get on the pitch in a competitive game for the first team.

The closest he came was on January 12, 2013, when Steve Clarke named him on the bench for Albion's 3-2 defeat away at Reading.

Even though Nabi was hoping for first team experience and the chance to play alongside Delhi's marquee players, Florent Malouda and John Arne Riise, the move wasn't just about football.

"It was about the whole adventure and wanting to experience a league that is growing," said Nabi.

"I've never been away from home like this and let's face it I'm not a motorway drive away, which I could have been if I moved on loan to a Championship or League One club.

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"I feel like I've already grown off the pitch and hopefully I can now take that on the pitch as well."

The ISL is in only its second season, but last year was considered a success with average attendances around 26,000.

Eight teams play each other twice in the space of two months before the top four go into a knock-out competition for the title.

The season finishes in December when Nabi will return to Albion.

Thanks to the West Bromwich Albion Indian Supporters Club for the video.

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