To the world, Riyad Mahrez was a relatively unknown figure when he was at Le Havre in the French second division. But Algerians were keeping a close eye on him as he dazzled Ligue 2 with his flicks and tricks. He soon got his big break in 2014, signing for Leicester City and going on to reach the pinnacle of English football.
And now, there is a new Algerian right midfielder who is making the headlines at Le Havre for all the right reasons. Zinedine Ferhat joined the club from USM Alger in the summer of 2016, and his level has increased exponentially.
With four goals and a whopping 12 assists as this stage of the season, Ferhat will surely be catching the eyes of bigger clubs as he helps push Le Havre closer to Ligue 1 in the race for promotion in France. He will be looking to break the league’s record of 15 assists.
The 24-year-old’s sharp performances have led to him being called up and even starting matches for the Algerian national team under new manager Rabah Madjer, showing the confidence that he has in Ferhat’s ability.
His versatility is also admirable, as shown with Algeria as Ferhat took up a more central position against Nigeria and the Central African Republic.
Ferhat’s precision from set pieces is arguably the best in the whole division, and it is only getting better and better. His accuracy from crosses and dead ball situations make it so much easier for his team-mates to score.
One can only imagine how much Ferhat could improve if he had better players around him, but the man from Bordj Menaiel is certainly going about his career in the right direction. But he needs to keep his head down and focus, and not let the praise and speculation of the media get to his head.