2) Azzedine Ounahi
Probably the most exciting find from this World Cup, Morocco’s Azzedine Ounahi exhibited the qualities of a modern number 8 as the Atlas Lions finished fourth, the best result for any African nation.
Any deal for Ounahi would mean poaching him from Ligue 1 outfits Angers, who sit bottom of the table with a sought-after talent and without much money. In fact, Angers president Saïd Chabane has already instructed the fans to be ready for a possible departure of Ounahi in January, with big clubs circling. Speaking to RTL Sport, the club president said:
"“We have offers for Azzedine Ounahi. Approaches from big clubs and medium clubs. It comes from everywhere. Italy, Spain, England and France. Our wish is to find a deal in January, but that it remains until the end of the season.”"
Ounahi, 22, is a force to be reckoned with. The player impressed fans and pundits alike from start to finish with his dynamic line-breaking runs from the midfield, skills, flicks, dribbles and precise touches. Indeed, Spain boss Luis Enrique admitted being pleasantly surprised by ‘the number 8’ when talking about Morocco, indicating both his talent and his relatively low profile.
The Angers man won’t be moving for an earth-shattering fee, whether in January or in the summer, but he could prove to be a bargain. Considering the Bianconeri’s financial situation, Ounahi should be the most viable option.