Recently hooked at half-time in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield, Rachid Ghezzal’s time at Leicester City is already taking a turn for the worse, as he followed that performance by never coming off the bench against Newcastle and making a simple 10 minute cameo in a 2-1 loss to Everton.
Despite this, the Algeria international was called up to his national team by Djamel Belmadi, who seemed prepared to give the former Lyon and Monaco winger a chance to show he had the required level to wear the green and white shirt.
Starting the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin on Tuesday, Ghezzal did anything but that, and his manager followed in Claude Puel’s footsteps by subbing him off just after half-time.
On Wednesday, when analysing the game, Competition in Algeria explain this could be the last time we see the Leicester man in an Algeria top as he didn’t seize the opportunity presented by the absences of Islam Slimani or Hilal Soudani in attack, ‘missing’ the entire first half.
We’ll have to wait and see about this, but with a lack of game time at King Power Stadium and a handful of disappointing performances, Ghezzal isn’t exactly justifying the £12.6m the Foxes spent on him just yet, and might not play enough to earn another call-up to the national team.
So far, the 26-year-old has scored one goal in six Premier League appearances, which came in a 2-1 loss to Liverpool.