Bought from Monaco for £12.6m in the summer to try and help fill the hole left by Riyad Mahrez’s departure to Manchester City, Rachid Ghezzal’s start at Leicester City hasn’t been the best.
Starting just five games in the Premier League, the 26-year-old has yet to have the impact required, and his poor form, both for club and country, led to him being left out of the most recent Algeria squad.
With a relatively open schedule for the past week or so, Ghezzal was invited to feature on Breaking Foot in France, an RMC Sport show, where he was asked about his first few months in England under Claude Puel.
He said, relayed by DZ Foot: “I still have room to improve. I’m adapting. I’m still discovering this league. I still hope to improve on decisive statistics, whether it’s goals or assists. I’m aware I can do a lot better, have more impact to help this team.”
Admitting he joined the Foxes on the back of a ‘mediocre’ season at Monaco, where Leonardo Jardim never really trusted him, Ghezzal explained the reason he joined Leicester was mostly because of Claude Puel.
He said: “I had the chance to go to England. It’s a stable club in the Premier League. The manager called me to let me know he wanted me. It played a huge part in my decision. It’s always a positive when you’re weighing out your options.”
Spending just one season in the principality club, the forward had joined on a free from Lyon, where, prior to his transfer, he had been heavily linked with a move to Everton, back when Ronald Koeman was in charge.