Performance questions by Youcef Belaili

Less than three months after arriving at the Stade Brestois, Algerian international Youcef Belaili is concerned about his performance, which is said to have fallen short of the expectations of club management and Brest supporters.

Belaïli, who will not play after Algeria’s defeat by Cameroon at the World Cup in Qatar, joined the north-western French club on a six-month deal last January and is still struggling to make his footprint in French League 1.

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Its balance sheet is shaky, lists the specialist magazine Onze Mondial. No goals, just one assist in eight appearances, including just six starts. “Belaïli’s Brest adventure turns out to be a huge disappointment”sums up the French magazine.

On Saturday, Stade Brestois lost to Saint-Étienne (2-1) in matchday 32 of Ligue 1. Defending champions Belaïli did not shine if we go by the report of sports newspaper L’Equipe.

“The Algerian international gave a chaotic performance. He failed to develop his technical potential (only one successful dribbling out of four attempts) and his teammates had great trouble finding him (only 21 balls hit). Logically replaced by Cardona on the hour marker », writes the newspaper, which gave it the very low score of 3/10. The Algerian international is absent from the 33rd match day of Ligue 1 against Olympique Lyonnais this Wednesday.

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On the part of the Brest supporters, the criticism is growing in number. “His level is downright absurd”, criticizes a Brest supporter. “I hope he takes his millions of subscribers to another club”, starts another who wants the Algerian international to leave.

“Belaïli, what is this for besides selling shirts? », is rich in others. “Do you think Belaïli will continue with Brest or not? »asks a third.

For Belaïli, the contrast to the enthusiasm he inspired when he announced his arrival in Brest is after a stunning Arab Cup of Nations where he played a key role in Algeria’s final win over Tunisia on 18 December.

“Even before you know the value of the player on the field, the signing of Neo-Brestois Youcef Belaïli is already causing a stir. At least on social media”wrote the local newspaper Le Télégramme.

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