Faissal El Bakhtaoui
|Full name||Faissal El Bakhtaoui|
|Date of birth||8 November 1992|
|Place of birth||Saint-Tropez, France|
|Racing Club de la Baie|
|2018–2019||→ Dunfermline Athletic (loan)||27||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:09, 4 May 2019 (UTC)|
Born in Saint-Tropez, El Bakhtaoui began his career with French side Racing Club de la Baie. In July 2012, Scottish First Division side Dunfermline Athletic signed El Bakhtaoui after he impressed then-manager Jim Jefferies in trial matches against Berwick Rangers and Lochgelly. His first season with The Pars resulted in him mainly working on his development, with only two appearances being made in the latter stages of the season.
With Dunfermline's financial difficulties causing many first team players to leave the club, El Bakhtaoui started to feature in more matches, mainly in the second half of the 2013–14 season, where he went on to score four goals in 18 matches; two of which were in Scottish Championship play-off matches against Stranraer in May 2014.
The 2014–15 season started even more brightly for El Bakhtaoui, having been included in the Pars team for most matches. In October and November, he scored four goals in five league matches to help Dunfermline in their push for promotion to the Scottish Championship.
El Bakhtaoui's start to the 2015–16 season was even more impressive than the previous season, with the forward scoring four consecutive braces in the first four competitive matches of the season, scoring a further two against Scottish Premiership side Dundee in the Scottish League Cup. After attracting interest from other teams, El Bakhtaoui was named Scottish League One Player of the Month for the month of August, primarily for his achievement of scoring 12 goals in eight matches. He was once again given the player of the month award for March, after his goals against Stenhousemuir and Ayr United, as well as his first career hat-trick in a 3–1 win over Brechin City, helped seal the Scottish League One championship for the Pars.
With his contract due to expire at the end of May 2016, El Bakhtaoui once again began attracting interest from a number of top-tier teams, including Motherwell and Dundee. Although offered a new contract by the Pars, El Bakhtaoui announced in April 2016 that he was ready to move to a club in a higher league, and with the relationship between him and manager Allan Johnston breaking down due to the latter allowing the player a 15-minute cameo in the final game of the season, it appeared that El Bakhtaoui would be leaving the club at the end of his contract.
In July 2016, El Bakhtaoui went on trial with English Championship club Blackburn Rovers, after former Dunfermline striker Owen Coyle had been impressed by his goalscoring record. After his trial with Rovers ended, El Bakhtaoui signed a three-year deal with Scottish Premiership side Dundee on 2 August 2016. El Bakhtaoui's first appearance for the Dark Blues came as a second-half substitute for Danny Williams in a 1–3 victory over Ross County in Dingwall. He made a further appearance as a substitute against Rangers at Dens Park, before making his first start six days later in a 1–1 draw with Hamilton Academical. El Bakhtaoui spent the season playing out wide or behind the striker and finished the season with 4 goals. One of which was a goal of the season contender in a 2–1 defeat against Celtic receiving positive comments from Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.
At the start of the 2017–18 season in the Dundee Derby in the second round of the Scottish League Cup, El Bakhtaoui scored his first goal of the season, a half volley from 25 yards to help Dundee to a 2–1 victory.
El Bakhtaoui returned to Dunfermline on 12 July 2018, signing a one-year loan deal with his former club. His return to Dunfermline was met with much fanfare, however, El Bakhtaoui's second spell with the club was far less successful that his first. On his second debut for Dunfermline, he scored two goals in a 7–1 Scottish League Cup win over Brechin City. He scored one further goal, a penalty against Greenock Morton in December. After returning to Dundee he was released at the end of the 2018–19 season, having scored just eight goals in 66 appearances for the Dee.
- As of 4 May 2019
|Club||Season||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Dunfermline Athletic||2012–13||Scottish First Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||1[a]||0||2||0|
|2013–14||Scottish League One||14||2||1||0||0||0||5[b]||2||20||4|
|Dunfermline Athletic (loan)||2018–19||Scottish Championship||27||1||1||0||3||2||2||0||33||3|
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