8. Yacine Brahimi

AFS8: Yacine Brahimi, Algeria & FC Porto

Published On 16/08/2014 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Maghreb

At 24, Yacine Brahimi is on the cusp of his prime. If what we’ve seen is anything to go by, the next few years could be very special indeed.

Last year, in La Liga, the playmaker improved immensely. From zero goals in 2012-13, he managed three. From one assist in the previous season, he managed four.

He is a player for the big occasion—there were winners against Barcelona and Elche and a superb, match-winning performance against Malaga in November, but does, admittedly, need to attain a higher level of consistency.

With 4.7 successful dribbles-per-game, however, he is more successful than both Lionel Messi and Neymar in this department.

At the World Cup, he starred, delivering a masterclass against South Korea in Algeria’s 4-2 triumph.

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