With the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool previously linked with moves for some of Algeria’s finest player, we look at four of the best.
Belgium’s World Cup opener against Algeria offered up something of a mixed bag for it’s Premier League-based participants with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen having poor games compared with super sub Marouane Fellaini.
But while there was plenty in the way of English top-flight talent on show, the game also served to showcase four Algerian stars who could soon be on their way to the biggest league in the world.
Saphir Taider – Inter Milan
Among the most promising young prospects in the Fennec Foxes’ squad, this former France under-20 international was snapped up by the Nerazzurri back in 2013, having previously been linked with a move to Manchester United.
Impressive for previous club Bologna, a series of star turns for Taider this summer could see the Red Devils reignite their interest in the young midfielder as manager Louis van Gaal begins a major overhaul of the Manchester United squad.
Sofiane Feghouli – Valencia
Scorer of Algeria’s first-half penalty against Belgium, Feghouli is something of an established star, having been one of the few highlights in a troubled couple of years for Valencia in La Liga.
Los Che may have benefitted from a recent change of ownership and subsequent restructure of their finances but they could still be willing to sell Feghouli, who is thought to be on Liverpool’s radar, as the Reds go in search a cut-price alternative to England’s Adam Lallana.
Nabil Ghilas – Porto
A bit part player for Algeria, Ghilas could yet arrive in the Premier League, having previously been a transfer target for Everton and West Bromwich Albion, prior to his big money move to Porto.
Ghilas has yet to establish himself as a first team regular with the Portuguese giants though and should the Baggies or Toffees come calling with an offer after the World Cup, then he could be on English shores before we know it.
Islam Slimani – Sporting Lisbon
Another Algerian currently plying his trade in Portugal, Slimani has enjoyed somewhat more success with Sporting, scoring eight goals in 26 appearances for the club since moving there from CR Belouizdad in August of 2013.
That didn’t stop Sam Allardyce trying to bring the forward to Upton Park back in January though and with the West Ham United boss still keen to bring in more fresh faces to join Mauro Zarate, Slimani could yet fit the bill.