Ramy Bensebaini is reportedly close to signing for Everton, but he is not a household name to fans of the Toffees. So here is a little bit of insight into the 23-year-old.
Bensebaini comes from a place called Constantine in the East of Algeria, but joined the widely renowned Paradou Academy.
The Paradou Academy opened in 2007, and was the first official Academy system to be opened in Algeria. Bensebaini joined in 2008 and his talent was evident, which led to him being played in youth teams surrounded by players that were far older than him.
Having developed and clearly showing he was too good for Paradou, he went on two loan spells to Europe as a teenager to Belgium and France. The experience he gained was invaluable, and led to Rennes purchasing him outright on a four year deal in 2016.
2017/18 was a standout season, and included many fantastic performances including a clean sheet away to Lyon where he was the man of the match. Rennes went on to finish 5th and qualify for the Europa League – something Everton failed to do last campaign.
Last month, he scored his first goal for the national team. A towering header at home to Cape Verde shows he is a real threat from set pieces.
Bensebaini represents the first ever true academy success story in Algeria, and Paradou continue to try and churn out young, fresh Algerian talent as we speak. The former chairman of Paradou now runs the Algerian Football Federation.
He can play as a central defender or as a left-back. For Algeria, he has been at the heart of the central defence and is encouraged to travel out with the ball. He was the standout performer at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations despite the Desert Foxes going out in the group stage.
For Rennes, he has been deployed as a left-back despite not having the best crossing ability. Playing in the centre is more comfortable for him.
From Paradou to the Premier League, whilst he is not the finished product, Bensebaini has been playing regular football from such a young age and still has bags of potential.