Napoli have just signed a French-Algerian midfielder named Zinedine. No, his last name isn’t Zidane, but under boss Maurizio Sarri, this young man has some potential to make it big.
Zinedine Machach (pronounced Mah-kak) completed and passed his medical at Villa Stuart and a couple of hours later, he signed a four-and-a-half year deal with SSC Napoli.
— AurelioDeLaurentiis (@ADeLaurentiis) January 11, 2018
With potential to be a coup for d.g. Giuntoli, Machach comes to us from Toulouse on a free transfer after being released by the Ligue 1 side last month. His release came after a training ground bust up with some team officials, where he allegedly assaulted a team coach in his office.
Details are still unclear as far as wages are concerned, but it’s rumored that the Partenopei plans on immediately sending Machach off on loan, possibly to another Italian club, as ADL has expressed that this is an “investment for the future”.
Zinedine Machach has played as a center midfielder, preferably in a more defensive role. However, something that may have caught the eye of Sarri is Machach’s short passing and technical ability, which is an integral part of Napoli’s possession game. Zinedine also has the ability to find space going forward, and fancies the occasional long shot on goal.
If Sarri can teach Machach to control his fouls and apparent temper in the locker room and training grounds, this could truly be an important and valuable signing within the next few years.