The majority of today’s privileged professionals wouldn’t dream of ditching their flash cars and four-wheel drives for humble pavements, but the modest striker bucks that trend – and admits he would still do it at the top of English football.
He told GetWestLondon, “When I was playing at Burton, I did it for a long time because I was only living 10 minutes walk from the stadium so I walked for the whole year I was there.
“Unfortunately it is too far for me to walk now, otherwise I would definitely do it again – even if I was playing in the Premier League I would like to walk”.
He scored a brilliant winner against Charlton at the beginning of the month (see video above).
But since making the move to west London earlier this year, El Khayati has made just two starts, coincidentally, since he stopped walking to games, but the Dutch-born striker - who also revealed his international allegiance lies with Morocco – told how he has been guided by boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
The pair worked together at Burton last season and the 27-year-old sees his fellow countryman as a key figure in his personal and technical development for next season and beyond.
He said, “Jimmy is definitely the most important person for me – he was when I first came to England and obviously again now that we are working together again.
“Both off the pitch and on the pitch he is helping me. He is giving me a lot of tips – not only in football but in other things as well, which is very important for me”.