Reports from A Bola claim that FC Porto winger, Yacine Brahimi wants to make the switch to the Premier League following the 2017/18 season. Newcastle United’s prospects of signing the 28-year-old is high and Rafael Benitez should definitely take a closer look into the situation.
Brahimi will be completing his 4th year with the Portuguese outfit and still has another 12 months left in his contract. An extension has not been signed just yet and this could force Porto to sell him rather than letting him go for free in the 2019 summer.
Brahimi’s name is synonymous with pace and skill. The Algerian international is packed with prime quality technical abilities and is an ideal player for the Premier League. He can take on defenders from the wide areas and can place a significant threat on the opposition goal.
He has registered 11 goals and 10 assists to his name this season, 1 of them in the Champions League against AS Monaco.
The Paris-born attacker started his playing career with the illustrious Saint Ettiene academy. His parents prompted him to take the offer from the Ligue 1 sides as they promoted higher education in aleternation to a player’s footballing development.
Brahimi idolized Zinedine Zidane while growing and tried to emulate the Frenchman while playing on the streets. The 29-year-old used to train with the prestigious Clairefontaine academy on the weekdays and represented Vincennes on the weekends.
All throughout his youth career he represented the French national team, having been capped 53 times. But later, he switched his allegiance to Algeria and has so far racked up 39 caps and 11 goals for the African nation.
Brahimi did spend a two-season-stint in the La Liga with Granada and appeared 64 times for the Spanish outfit. After the initial loan spell, he was traded away for a lack of first team place in the Rennes senior squad.
The 28-year-old is an experienced head with an impressive record in the European top-flight. The time is now for him to make the jump to the big times, before he starts losing his athletic abilities due to age.
Newcastle should also make a serious consideration into signing the Algerian if Chelsea refuse to sanction the permanent move of Kenedy. Benitez has already stated the financial requirements he will need in order to deliver an even better result next season.
Let us hope that Mike Ashley finally opens up his wallet to the Spaniard and starts helping the team back to Premier League glory.