Adlene Guedioura may be some considerable way off starting a game for his club but the midfielder is pleased he has at least won his place back in the national team.
Guedioura was recalled by Algeria for the first time since January 2013 for the back-t0-back World Cup qualifiers with Tanzania. He played 90 minutes of the 2-2 draw and then came off the bench in the 36th minute, for Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb, in the 7-0 thrashing of the same opponents in Bilda last Tuesday. The 9-2 aggregate win puts the Desert Foxes through to round three of qualifying, along with Odion Ighalo’s Nigeria and Allan Nyom’s Cameroon.
“To return to the national team, to be able to play a part for this team is always an honour,” Guedioura said in an interview with ESPN. “I’ve always liked going and it’s always a joy to see all of the people behind this team. Football in Algeria is something special and I have a real desire to participate in this cup campaign and the African Cup of Nations. We did well last time for the last two matches and I would like to continue for as long I can.”
Turning 30 earlier this month, Guedioura will be glad for the minutes on the pitch. He has played just eight minutes of Premier League action since signing, to much fanfare, on a permanent deal from Crystal Palace on the final day of the summer transfer window.
The use of Guedioura
by Sanchez Flores
West Brom Unavailable
Man City Unavailable
Swansea Not selected
Newcastle 88th-minute sub
Crystal Palace Unused sub
Bournemouth 89th-minute sub
Stoke City: 89th-minute sub
West Ham: 86th-minute sub
Leicester: Unused sub
Man United: Unused sub
Guedioura was, for some reason, not asked by ESPN about his lack of involvement but he did give an opinion on the team’s survival prospects.
“People thought we would end up right at the bottom of the table but with the quality of players and staff we have, and the way the club have organised this team, we expect to be safe earlier in the season,” he said.