France football reveals top 10 nominees for North West African footballer of the year with Chelsea & Manchester City represented

France football have revealed their top 10 Maghreb nominees for their player of the year award for the region. The list includes representation from Chelsea and Manchester City as well as a former Arsenal youth talent.

France football reveals top 10 nominees for North West African footballer of the year with Chelsea & Manchester City represented

10 nominees for Maghreb player of the year

France football has recently revealed the top 10 nominees for their Maghreb player of the year award. The Maghreb is an area spanning the northwest part of Africa and therefore includes nations such as Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Of the nominees, Chelsea and Manchester City are represented in addition to a former Arsenal midfielder. Here is the list:

Hakim Ziyech: Morocco – Chelsea

Ziyech made the high-profile move from Ajax to Chelsea in the summer after an impressive stint with the well-known Dutch side. He was instrumental in the 2018/19 campaign for a Champions League final place in which Ajax were unlucky to lose in the final seconds against Spurs in the semi-final. Ziyech continued his creative form in the following season ending on 6 goals and 13 assists before moving to London.

This season, injury has been a problem for the Moroccan but he has still been influential in nearly all of his appearances for Chelsea this season and has so far got 1 goal and 3 assists in just 7 showings.

France football reveals top 10 nominees for North West African footballer of the year with Chelsea & Manchester City represented

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea in action during the pre-season friendly between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea at Amex Stadium on August 29, 2020 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Ismaël Bennacer: Algeria – Milan

Since leaving Arsenal for Empoli, Ismail Bennacer has shown what a mistake it was for the Gunners to let him leave. The Algerian impressed heavily during his time at the Tuscan club, so much so that AC Milan soon moved for his signature. Despite Arsenal having the option sign the promising youngster with a first refusal the North London side chose not to and Bennacer arrived at Milan with great expectation.

He has since gone on to become an integral part of the Milan side, playing at the base of their midfield. His technical ability and great positional discipline has led him to this year’s nomination.

Bono: Morocco – Sevilla FC

The Moroccan goalkeeper has been an absolute revelation at Sevilla. After the departure of highly rated goalkeeper Sergio Rico, Bono has stepped up to the position with great professionality and consistency. Interestingly, Bono was born in Montreal, Canada but moved to Morocco before his 8th birthday.

There he continued his footballing development which he had begun at Montreal Impact and was soon spotted by recruitment staff of Atletico Madrid. Bono impressed after leaving the Madrid-based club in Girona. After signing for Sevilla, initially on loan, the Moroccan keeper established himself as Julen Lopetegui’s number one.

The reason for his nomination has been his excellent form which has seen him concede just 10 goals from 16 games and keep a clean sheet on 8 separate occasions this season.

Ali Maaloul: Tunisia – Al-Ahly

Ali Maâloul will certainly be one of the lesser known names on the list but not one to be underestimated in the running for the award. The Tunisian left-back is an interesting player who, despite his senior age of 30, is a prolific goalscorer and assist maker in what is typically a more defensive position.

So far this season, after just three games in the Egyptian Premier League, the “defender” has one goal and four assists. This adds on to his 5 goals and six assists from the previous campaign where he played just 23 games.

Said Benrahma: Algeria – West Ham

One of the most talked about players of the summer. The expected departure from Brentford was eventually signed off as Said Benrahma joined David Moyes at West Ham.

The Algerian winger was a prolific goalscorer and creator for the Bees. He became one of the Championship’s best players and finished last season on 17 goals and 9 assists. He has so far failed to establish himself in Moyes’ Hammers side but much is expected of the 25-year-old as the Algerian gets more minutes and also progresses further in the national side.

France football reveals top 10 nominees for North West African footballer of the year with Chelsea & Manchester City represented

Brentford’s Said Benrahma scores his side’s second goal of the game from the penalty spot Brentford v Blackburn Rovers – Sky Bet Championship – Griffin Park 22-02-2020 . (Photo by Steven Paston/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

Sofiyane Amrabat: Morocco – Fiorentina

Brother to the former Watford winger Nordin, 9 years younger and flourishing in Serie A is Sofiyane Amrabat. The Moroccan international became an integral part of the Hellas Verona midfield and his fantastic performances for the club earned him a high-profile move to Fiorentina in the last transfer window.

A central midfielder with great physical presence but also technical ability on the ball has led him to achieve consistency and quality in the Italian top tier. A versatile player that can play in a central part of the midfield or deeper as a possible sweeper and cover to the back line, Amrabat has become a mainstay in the La Viola ranks.

Ramy Bensebaini: Algeria – Borussia Monchengladbach

A forward-thinking full-back who has become an integral figure in Marco Rose’s Borussia Monchengladbach side. The 25-year-old Algerian international finished last season on 5 goals and 4 assists despite playing just 19 games in the Bundesliga.

Although the goals are yet to flow in the league this season, Bensebaini has scored a couple of important goals for Gladbach in the Champions League. The full-back scored in the 2-2 draw with Inter Milan and the 6-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk. The goals helped the club push forward for promotion from the group into the Champions League knockout stages along with Real Madrid in a very difficult group stage selection.

Achraf Hakimi: Morocco – Inter

Achraf Hakimi’s move to Inter Milan was one of the genuinely good pieces of business that the Italian side has done over the course of a rocky few years of purchases. Having been sent on loan to Borussia Dortmund for two years by Real Madrid, the Spanish capital club decided that they had enough quality in Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola that they did not need to keep hold of Hakimi and decided to sell him for a significant fee.

During his final year in the Bundesliga, Hakimi transitioned from a full back into more of an attacking wing back and eventually playing, at times, as a right winger. This meant he fit perfectly into the back 3-4-1-2 system which Antonio Conte plays and therefore takes up the position as a right wing back/right winger on the right hand side of the Inter Milan selection.

In 14 Serie A matches, the Moroccan has four goals and four assists continuing his fine goalscoring and creative form from his time in Germany.

STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILAN, ITALY - 2020/09/19: Achraf Hakimi of FC Internazionale in action during the pre-season friendly football match between FC Internazionale and Pisa SC. FC Internazionale won 7-0 over Pisa SC. (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILAN, ITALY – 2020/09/19: Achraf Hakimi of FC Internazionale in action during the pre-season friendly football match between FC Internazionale and Pisa SC. FC Internazionale won 7-0 over Pisa SC. (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Riyad Mahrez: Algeria – Manchester City

Arguably the most well-known name on the list having played in the Premier League for many seasons now for both Manchester City and previously Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez is looked upon as one of the most astute signings of a Premier League club that the the division has ever seen.

Having won the league with the miraculous Leicester side in 2016, the Algerian international moved to Man City and continued his domination as a tricky right winger. Mahrez finished the previous campaign with 11 goals and 12 assists for Pep Guardiola’s side and has netted on four occasions in the league already this season. Possibly the favourite for the award, Mahrez has become a player many left backs in the Premier League are fearful of facing.

France football reveals top 10 nominees for North West African footballer of the year with Chelsea & Manchester City represented

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on October 24, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Manchester City FC/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Ellyes Skhiri: Tunisia – Cologne

Moving from one of the most well-known on the list to one of the least. Ellyes Skhiri moved to the Bundesliga with Cologne after coming through the youth ranks at French side Montpellier.

A defensive midfielder who likes to cover plenty of ground, Skhiri has scored three times this season already including a brace in a 2-1 away victory at Borussia Dortmund. Despite playing in one of the more struggling sides of the Bundesliga, the Tunisian international is certainly one of the league’s standout performers for their side’s. Now 25, and approaching his prime, it is expected that a big move for the midfielder could soon be on the horizon if his performances in Germany continue as such.

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