Closed for several days, the transfer window has reserved many surprises for the Atlas Lions, despite the health crisis. While some have given a new dimension to their careers, others have opted for a return to their roots. Who are these Moroccan players who took advantage of this transfer window?
Yassine Bounou, the savior of Sevilla FC:
Initially on loan and announced close to release, Yassine Bounou has succeeded in turning the tide in a few games. Following his XXL performances in the Europa League, the Moroccan international has won his place at Sevilla FC, European champion.
The Moroccan doorman Yassine Bounou, has committed for four years with the Andalusian club for the amount of 4 million euros.
On loan from Gerona, the Lions goalkeeper has succeeded in establishing himself as an essential element of Andalusian training, which has allowed him to be part of the model team of the Europa League, unveiled by UEFA for the title of the 2019/2020 edition.
Achraf Hakimi, the nugget of Inter Milan:
Barely arrived at Inter Milan, Achraf Hakimi is already stealing the show and already equaling a record. A true darling of the international press, Hakimi, Borussia Dortmund’s revelation, has been the target of a host of European leaders.
The Real Madrid-owned player who has been the subject of many rumors of a return to Casa Blanca, has finally opted for the continuation of his rise in the ranks of Inter Milan, under the orders of the very famous Antonio Conte.
Considered one of the most prolific full-backs on the old continent, the 21-year-old talent has signed a 5-year contract for the sum of 45 million euros.
And for his first with the Italian club, the Moroccan international already has 1 goal and 2 assists. The Moroccan who delivered an assist in each of his first two games with Inter equaled the record of former Moroccan international Houcine Kharja in 2011.
It is therefore an ideal start to the season for those who still have a lot to offer.
Sofiane Boufal, the return of the prodigy son of Angers:
A return, a deliverance. Frustrated by his lack of playing time in the Premier League in Southampton, Sofiane Boufal has decided to return to a championship he knows well, within a club that knows him well.
Announced with great fanfare in Angers, the Atlas Lion did not hesitate for a second to return to his favorite playground. Boufal, who joined the club in 2016, is leaving Southampton after making 84 appearances, scoring five goals in the process.
Last season Boufal made 20 Premier League appearances for Hassenhutl’s side, scoring once and providing two assists.
Angers has started well this season in the league with the team that finished 11th in the top flight last season, winning three of their first six games.
Chelsea technician Hakim Ziyech:
A great hope for world football, Hakim Ziyech has long been the object of the desires of many European giants, before falling into the nets of Chelsea.
Coming from Ajax Amsterdam where he made the heyday of the Dutch championship, the 26-year-old midfielder seduced Franck Lampard with his technical qualities, which made him his first summer recruit, for a fee of 45 millions of euros.
Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, Hakim Ziyech has yet to make a competitive appearance for his new club. The Morocco international was injured in a pre-season friendly against Brighton & Hove Albion, during which he showed the extent of his talent. Since then, Blues fans have been impatient to see the Moroccan shine brightly.
Nayef Aguerd, the revelation of Stade Rennais:
Probably the least expected, but the most surprising. Arrived from Dijon this summer, Nayef Aguerd quickly gained his place in the workforce of Stade Rennais. The Moroccan international seduced the supporters with his solid performances, proving his essential qualities for the French club.
Holder of the leader of Ligue 1 since the start of the season, the Lion of the Atlas, caused a sensation from the first meetings, especially against Lille, Montpellier, Monaco, Saint-Étienne. The young talent has already scored two goals.
Described as a boy “Respectful, attentive and intelligent”, Aguerd quickly made a connection with his trainer Damien Da Silva. ” We talked a lot when he arrived, we talk to each other well ”, appreciates the Breton captain.
Before joining Dijon in 2018, the left-hander played at FUS Rabat with which he notably won the Throne Cup in 2014 and the championship in 2016,
Since his debut in L1, Aguerd has also had six goals, a record for a central defender over this period.
Jawad El Yamiq, the new wall of R9 and Valladolid:
Previously close to signing for Getafe, Jawad El Yamiq has decided, to everyone’s surprise, to join the ranks of Real Valladolid, a club belonging to the legendary R9.
After spending a short stay in the Spanish second division in Zarazoga where he had caused a sensation, El Yamiq rose through the ranks and gave a new boost to his career.
El Yamiq arrived in Zaragoza in the winter after playing just three games for Genoa in Serie A. The Moroccan was previously tracked by Valencia CF, Real Betis and Alaves.
Sofyan Amrabat, the imposing Fiorentina:
With his build as a Greek hero, Sofyan Amrabat puts Serie A in agreement. After doing well during his loan to Hellas Verona this season, Nordin’s little brother had to make a choice, after several clubs in the championship vied for his favors.
The 24-year-old midfielder, yet tracked by many Italian clubs such as Napoli, finally opted for Fiorentina which has followed the evolution of the Moroccan since his arrival in the Italian league. The Moroccan international, ranked 8th best player in the championship, joined the Viola for the sum of 18 million euros.
Zouhair Feddal, expected from Sporting Lisbon:
Feddal described himself as “A competitive player”. Regarding his position in defense, the Moroccan explained that he is adapting “What the coach wants” and that it is available “For what he needs”. The latter can play the right side or the central side.
Feddal signed up for four seasons with Sporting Lisbon at the end of July. He joined Bétis in 2017 for 2.5 million euros, from Deportivo Alavés. Although the pure product of the Moghreb Athlétic de Tétouan (MAT) attracts attention thanks to its solid performances in defense, he did not have much opportunity to show the extent of his talent with the end of the championship.
Osama Idrissi, the reinforcement of Sevilla FC
He wanted to evolve into an elite championship and he did. After being torn between many European cadors, Osama Idrissi finally opted for Sevilla FC and will soon take his first steps in La Liga.
Coming from AZ Alkamaar, Idrissi was transferred for an amount between 12 and 15 million euros, bonus included.
Author of 17 goals and 10 assists, the Moroccan international strengthens the attacking line of Julen Lopetegui who is thinking big this season after winning the Europa League.
Ayoub El Kaabi, the inflamed WAC:
The Moroccan international, coveted by many clubs on the African continent, has decided to resume service at Wydad Casablanca, after terminating his contract with Chinese club Hebei Fortune.
The 27-year-old striker therefore marks his return to Botola, after spending two years with the Chinese club, including six months on loan at WAC.
The 27-year-old hasn’t appeared in many games for the Chinese team, having only scored 9 goals and provided assists in 28 games.
Badr Banoun, conquering Egypt with Al-Ahly:
Sacred champion of Morocco with Raja de Casablanca, Badr Banoun leaves Botola on a good note, heading for the Egyptian championship and Al-Ahly.
Banoun, who will discover the Egyptian championship for the first time, has initialed a three-season contract with the Cairo club.
The 26-year-old defender will receive a salary of $ 1 million, which will make him the highest paid player at the Egyptian club. For his part, Raja of Casablanca will pocket two million dollars.
The Egyptian club’s manager, Switzerland’s René Weiler, made no secret of his admiration for the quality and potential of the Moroccan player, whose style of play suits Al Ahly’s tactics perfectly.
Banoun was considered one of the most important players Botola have produced in recent years. The defender has led Raja Casablanca in more ways than one.