With the Algerian national team back in action next month, Rabah Madjer has a lot of thinking and picking to do for his 23-man squad to play against Tanzania and Iran.
So we have come up with the following squad that we believe should be named based on factors such as form and experience.
Goalkeepers: Rais M’Bolhi, Chamseddine Rahmani, Faouzi Chaouchi
M’Bolhi is undoubtedly Algeria’s number one goalkeeper. He should be backed up by Chaouchi’s experience whilst Rahmani is top of the Algerian league.
Defenders: Ramy Bensebaini, Aissa Mandi, Carl Medjani, Youcef Attal, Abderrahmane Hachoud, Mohamed Bencherifa, Mohamed Fares
It’s important to have a mix of domestic and foreign-born players in the squad. You need to have defenders that play continentally to stand a chance of winning in Africa. The full-back area is weak, but Bencherifa has been fantastic for CS Constantine, whilst Hachoud has tonnes of experience in Algerian football.
Midfielders: Sofiane Bendebka, Yacine Brahimi, Riyad Mahrez, Zinedine Ferhat, Ismael Bennacer, Sofiane Hanni, Nabil Bentaleb, Sofiane Feghouli, Idir Ouali
Taider should be nowhere near the team after moving to play amateur teams in Canada. The midfield needs to be built around Bennacer; such a bright talent dominating Serie B and top of the league there too. Some great options on either wing with Brahimi, Mahrez, Feghouli and Ferhat. That is where Algeria’s main goal threat should come from.
Forwards: Hilal Soudani, Baghdad Bounedjah, Islam Slimani, Lamine Abid
Soudani and Bounedjah have been in great scoring form. Although Slimani has had very little game time, he is still a big threat. Abid deserves to be rewarded for being the leading scorer domestically.