Rachid Ghezzal a gamble really worth taking for Leicester City

Rachid Ghezzal a gamble really worth taking for Leicester City

Leicester have completed their fifth transfer of the summer window.

The Foxes announced the £10m capture of Monaco forward – Rachid Ghezzal. Following Riyad Mahrez’s departure to Manchester City, Claude Puel was in the market for a new winger. Ghezzal has penned a four-year deal at the King Power and has huge shoes to fill. The Algerian joins Danny Ward, Jonny Evans, James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira in making the switch to Leicester this summer.

Valued at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, his transfer fee is relatively cheap given the amount of money that has been thrown about this summer. Everton paid £50m for Richarlison while Crystal Palace have slapped a £70m price tag on Wilfried Zaha. With that in mind, a reported £10m fee for Ghezzal could prove to be an excellent piece of business.

The 26-year-old started his career at Lyon, but frequent injuries restricted his progression to the first-team. He enjoyed his best season back in the 2015/16 season where he scored eight and assisted eight in helping Lyon to a second-place finish. His form soon curtailed, and he later joined Monaco on a free transfer.

Ghezzal made just seven starts for Monaco last season, scoring two and assisting three. His inconsistency cost him dearly – his excellent performances were too infrequent. He possesses excellent dribbling ability and trickery, but his end product often lets him down.

If Puel can help him rediscover his Lyon form, then Leicester have scooped a summer bargain.

Leicester fans, thoughts?

To Top