If there ever was an example of how the right club, with the right manager, can help a player turn their career around in a short amount of time, Islam Slimani is it.
Struggling to convince Leicester City managers he deserved a chance, the striker’s loan at Fenerbahçe didn’t go any better, but a move to Monaco this year has changed everything.
We’ve already covered a lot of the praise, as everyone in France cannot stop talking about his impressive form (four goals and five assists in six league games), and now it’s Djamel Belmadi’s turn to laud the 31-year-old.
Speaking to the press, the Algeria national team manager said, relayed by Football365 in France: “Slimani is walking on water. He’s doing exceptional things in a moribund team. He was a gamble from a manager who knew him. He’s the number one in a team of stars. I’m not surprised. With his mentality, he will get to Tasfaout’s record”.
For those who don’t know, Abdelhafid Tasfaout, who represented Algeria between 1990 and 2002, is currently the national team’s top scorer with 36 goals in 87 games, and Slimani is currently on 29 in 65.
With a few years left in his career, the Leicester City striker has time to score eight more goals, and the confidence he’s gaining outside of King Power Stadium in the principality should help him reach that.
He’s ‘walking on water’, after all.