Islam Slimani: Why the Algerian forward is worth every penny Leicester paid for him

Dessert is often served for last and for Leicester City, the best was saved for last when they signed striker Islam Slimani from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.

Albeit still speculative, the signing is believed to have cost the Premier League champions £29 million, surpassing the 16 million paid for Ahmed Musa in July, to become the most expensive signing in the club’s history.

The Foxes managed to sign the Algerian within the specified window period: a deal that will see the 28-year old practice his craft at the King Power Stadium until 2021.


Early life

Born on 18 June 1988 in Algiers, Algeria, he spent the whole of his youth career with Oran before moving to another local side, JSM Cheraga.

After a year-long stay at the club, Slimani signed for CR Belouizad where he found the back of the net 32 times in 96 appearances between 2009 and 2013.

By that time his move to Europe was long overdue and as such, he signed for Lisbon at the close of the 2012/13 Algerian season.


Why he is worth every penny

Anyone who keenly followed the 2014 FIFA World Cup can impartially attest to the fact that Algeria were nothing short of impressive.

Islam Slimani scored twice, and was an integral part of the team that made it to the knock-out phase, exhibiting a grandstand performance against both Argentina and Germany over the course of their campaign.

Furthermore, the forward scored 27 goals last season, as Sporting Lisbon finished second to Benfica in the Primeira Liga.

Having already played with Riyad Mahrez in the Algerian national team, coupled with the prospect of linking up with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Ahmed Musa can only be music to the ears of Leicester supporters.

Given the signings that transpired throughout the summer for the various clubs, what a season this will be in the Premier League!


Written by Brian Humphrey

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