Newcastle midfield target Yacine Brahimi had a very good game for Algeria yesterday in their 4-2 win against South Korea, which was their first win in the World Cup finals since way back in 1982, when they beat West Germany 2-1 and Chile 3-2, but still failed to advance from their group.
Yacine Brahimi scored Algeria’s four goal last night
There were five changes made to the Algerian side that was beaten 2-1 by Belgium in the first game, and Brahimi got the start, after not playing at all in that first game.
Algeria were dominant in the first half and scored three good goals with the 24 year-old Brahimi, who plays for Granada in the Spanish League, dominant in central midfield.
And to cap off a good display, he combined well to score a great team goal for Algeria, to put Algeria 4-1 up after 62 minutes.
Brahimi was substituted after 72 minutes but Algeria hung on for an excellent win 4-2 win, with South Korea a rejuvenated team in the second half, after being terrible in the first 45 minutes.
Brahimi is a very good technical player and he seems to be a powerful player too, and plays attacking midfield, and he some creativity, which is almost non-existent at Newcastle these days.
He played for Rennes for three years before joining Granada, and last night was surprisingly only his 7th cap, and it was his first International goal for his country.
There were reports in the Spanish press that both Newcastle United and Turkish club Besiktas are monitoring the 5’9″ tall attacking midfielder, who was born in Paris to Algerian parents.
Yacine played for all the French Youth sides from U16 through U21, and he would fit in nicely at Newcastle, with there being so many French-speaking players at the club.
What do you think?