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How Adlene Guedioura conquered English football

Before Algerian international Adlene Guedioura came to England, there were few Algerian footballers that had been a success in English football. This was before the days of Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, with Algerians in the Premier League a relatively unknown quantity.

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He first joined Wolves back in 2010 and helped them stay in the Premier League, with some solid performances in central midfield before injury kept him on the sidelines. This led to a move to Nottingham Forest in the Championship, where he quickly became a fan favourite.

During the 2011/12 campaign, Guedioura won Goal of the Season with a goal from 35 yards out and this was something we became used to. His trademark long range strikes were unstoppable for any goalkeeper to save.

In 2013, he returned to the Premier League and signed for Crystal Palace and was a big part of Alan Pardew’s setup. However in 2015, he made the move to Watford.

In the 2015/16 season, the now 33-year-old once again won Goal of the Season with a vicious powerful shot that knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup. This was an Arsenal side that had not lost an FA Cup match in three years.

2017 saw Guedioura sign for Middlesbrough which was his fifth club in English football. And a year later, he joined Nottingham Forest to work with Aitor Karanka again. In total so far, Adlene has 13 goals and 19 assists in 211 games in English football. He has now set the benchmark for Algerians to come to play in England, as we have seen in recent years with the likes of Mahrez and so on.

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