Why it’s time for Rachid Ghezzal to step up and prove himself
It was inevitable especially after he won the PFA player of the year that Riyad Mahrez would leave Leicester City. And while Manchester City were insistent that they wouldn’t spend more than €60million, the Foxes eventually caved and Mahrez left the club in the summer. To replace him was going to be a tough task but Leicester City brought in James Maddison and Rachid Ghezzal.
While the former Championship star stepped up and has been among Leicester City’s best stars, it’s Ghezzal who has struggled to make an impact. But that isn’t to say that he doesn’t have the talent or the skill to do well in the Premier League.
What the Algerian international has struggled with is the physicality and the high-octane nature of England’s top-tier. It’s only natural that the winger takes some time to adjust but even after six months, the 26-year-old is yet to make a large impact.
Now with Leicester City struggling and looking for creativity in the transfer window by targeting Youri Tielemans, it’s time Rachid Ghezzal steps up and shows England what he can really do. He had no issues doing it in Monaco or even at Lyon, so why should the King Power Stadium be any different?
Goals have always come to the Algerian but he’s never been prolific. Yet, when required, his left foot can be very lethal. Moreover, he’s direct, quick, very agile on the ball and is very creative in the final third. That’s eerily similar to what Riyad Mahrez did but even the Manchester City star struggled in his first season in the Premier League.
However, if the club does give Rachid Ghezzal the time he asked for (h/t Leicester Mercury), then maybe he can replace the prolific Algerian. But time is running out for both Claude Puel and Leicester City, especially with the Foxes targeting a Europa League spot in the near future, which is why they need all the help they can get.
So, as a result, it’s time that the 26-year-old steps up and shows the Premier League exactly why Leicester City paid €14million to get him.