Are Algeria getting their fair share of Lyon’s talent?
The Lyon academy has been blessed with a plethora of Franco-Algerian talent over the last ten years. But have the Desert Foxes been missing out on too much potential talent?
There are several names that Ligue 1 side Lyon have produced over the past few years, most notably Karim Benzema who has now won three Champions League titles with Real Madrid, showing the extent of the quality that OL have produced.
Benzema has always said that his heart is Algerian, but he chose to play for France in order to have a better chance of winning trophies.
An upcoming star of the French league is Nabil Fekir, who has been scoring for fun this season. He infamously picked Algeria at first, before switching allegiance to the French.
So are Algeria getting treated harshly, and should they be doing more to get these Lyon players to pick the North African side at international level?
Of course, some of the talent to come out of the Lyon academy have picked Algeria. The likes of Yassine Benzia, Ishak Belfodil and Rachid Ghezzal all chose the country of their parents rather than the country that they were born in.
However, it does often feel as if Algeria miss out on the real top stars, and are left with the footballers that France do not want. And this needs to change rapidly.
On the other hand, history dictates that the Franco-Algerians who pick France often end up regretting doing so. As in Karim Benzema’s current case, it looks as if he will never play international football ever again.
Rabah Saadane has come out in recent days and said that the Algerian FA will do all they can to convince Houssem Aousr to pick Algeria, who seems to be the next big star to come out of the Lyon academy.
We can only hope that the federation take the talent to come out of Lyon more seriously, and start getting these players on board at a much younger age before they filter into the French international youth system.