Ramy Bensebaini (Borussia Mönchengladbach- Germany) The versatile left-footed defender has thrived for club and country as a left back who plays with intelligence when defending or attacking down the wing. The 27-year-old’s importance for Algeria will only continue to grow as manager Belmadi attempts to bring younger players into the squad.
Islam Slimani (Sporting CP- Portugal) An acrimonious club season in Portugal did not negatively impact the 33-year-old as he became his nation’s all-time leading scorer during Qatar 2022 qualifying, scoring eight goals and avoiding Belmadi’s clear out of veteran players unlike Baghdad Bounedjah. Slimani will need to find a new club situation where he can find regular playing time but is set to be counted on again to be the #9 up top for the Fennecs.
Ismaël Bennacer (AC Milan- Italy) At 24-years-old the central midfielder had an excellent club season to help Milan win the Serie A following a long title drought but came up missing at the 2021 AFCON. Bennacer’s starting spot is secured and Fennecs supporters are hoping he can regain his national team form in AFCON qualifying and be the force they know he is capable of.