Algeria’s defence has been a cause for concern for a number of years now, and one of tasks for new manager Djamel Belmadi is to introduce fresh players that can make us stronger at the back.
One man who can certainly help solve this issue is Maxime Spano Rahou. The 23-year-old defender who plays for Grenoble has already pledged his future to Algeria, despite also being eligible for Italy and France which shows great commitment.
He came through the Toulouse academy, where he made a few appearances in Ligue 1 but was on the bench too often. In search of regular playing time, he joined Grenoble and helped them reach promotion to French Ligue 2.
Once again, regular playing time is a key factor for Belmadi when going about picking Algeria squads. We cannot have players being picked when they do not even play for their clubs.
He has now established himself in Grenoble’s central defence, and even scored for them already this season with one goal in two games for this campaign.
At six feet tall he is a commanding centre-half and is still very young, which means he will only get better. I hope we see him make his debut for the Desert Foxes very soon.