Slaven Bilic is likely to tell Sofiane Feghouli he’s not for sale when the pair meet for talks on the Algerian’s future.
Feghouli made it clear several weeks ago he and the manager would discuss the situation at the end of the season and that the club had rejected offers in the summer.
But we understand that the manager is keen on the player particularly after a fine finish to the season at Turf Moor as we closed the campaign in some style.
The one thing that could change his mind would be to discover a faster and stronger alternative which may persuade him to make the 27 year old available
However, the manager believes every player needs an adjustment period and thinks Feghouli will be a better player again next season.
And with his mind occupied on finding a striker – or two – the wide midfield situation isn’t a major concern at this stage .
Meanwhile Roma are understood to be standing by ready to make a £7 million offer for the player.
Good decision. He started playing really well towards the end of the season and gives 100% polar opposite Snoddy. If Feghouli leaves and Snodgrass stays this team really are backwards.
It would appear that Bilic doesn’t have much faith in either Feghouli or Snodgrass, he hasn’t given either much of an opportunity to make an impression.
Snodgrass has been very disappointing and Feghouli didn’t start off well – in his last couple of cameo appearances Feghouli has looked lively and put himself, definitely the one to persevere with.
Feghouli’s main problem is his work rate coming back. He’s happy to push forward and take the play upfield, he has the skill and the touch to be a very good player. BUT, as soon as he loses the ball, his desire to win it back is almost non existent. He’s not one for tracking back much either, very lethargic to get back and help the rest of the team.
IMHO that’s where he needs to improve if we are to keep him. At the moment i wouldn’t be too upset whether he stayed or went.
Totally agree with you there doc, his lack of coming back after losing the ball up field is something that needs to be addressed, I think he’s descent player but needs to defend better…