When Yacine Brahimi beat Yaya Toure to the African Player of the Year award in 2014, a lot of eyebrows were raised, apart from by those who had watched him. They completely understood why he'd won the award - because he fully deserved it. He was outstanding that season, just like he has been throughout the entirety of his Porto career.
He was sensational for Porto Tuesday night. They will obviously be delighted by their victory over Chelsea; getting one over a former employer is always an enjoyable occasion.
One stain on the evening will be the exposure some of their lesser known players will now receive - if a scout for a top club didn't know who Yacine Brahimi was before the game - they certainly will now.
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What does Brahimi bring?
If you were to describe Brahimi's playing style, you could possibly call him a mix between Jefferson Montero and James Milner. He possesses Montero's blistering pace and low centre of gravity whilst encompassing Milner's end product and industry. As you can imagine, the combination provides a very dangerous player.
A lot of players of a similar ilk to Brahimi have come to the Premier League and struggled; it's hard to envisage Brahimi having similar problems. The year he won the African Player of the Year award was after his first season at Porto, proving his ability to adapt. If a club from one of Europe's top leagues snapped him up next season, there's no doubt that he would thrive.
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Where could he go?
Brahimi's power and pace suggest that he would be ideally suited to the Premier League, it's just a question of whether he'd want a move to England. He was linked with Stoke in the summer - no disrespect to the Potters - but he is a level above them. Liverpool or Manchester United would likely bring out the best in his dynamic style, Liverpool could surely do with someone like him at the moment.
Away from the Premier League, Germany doesn't look too unlikely for Brahimi. Bayer Leverkusen could do with a live-wire in their forward line after selling Son Heung-Min to Spurs. Alternatively, Wolfsburg seem to be acquiring a lot of young talent at the moment, maybe Brahimi could be the next one in line.
Whether Brahimi chooses to try his luck elsewhere or stay at Porto is yet to be seen, however, football fans across Europe should be praying he signs for a club in your league. The more people see him play, the more people will relish the refreshing play of Yacine Brahimi.
Had you heard of Brahimi before Porto's game with Chelsea? Would you want to see him at your club? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below!
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