Adlene Guedioura has compared Nottingham Forest attacker Hillal Soudani to Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.
The 30-year-old who joined the Reds in the summer impressed against Reading in Saturday’s Championship tie, scoring the solitary goal that helped Aitor Karanka’s men claim victory.
Overwhelmed by the performance of his countryman, the midfielder has praised the former Dinamo Zagreb dangerman for the fine display and likened him to the Citizens’ record signing.
“I think they have the same energy and technical ability, but Hillal is stronger and Riyad is quicker with the ball,” Guedioura told NottinghamshireLive.
“But they both play regularly for Algeria and they are both great players.”
“I think he showed exactly what he is [against Reading]. He is a player with so much energy and so much passion.
“He has come to a new country, it is his first time in England and he wants to show people what he can do; he wants to prove himself.
“He will improve with every game. I am sure he will bring really good quality and goals for us here.
“I wish that his opportunity had come earlier, because he would have had a bigger chance to show what he can do in this country.
“But, trust me, he is a top, top player and we are lucky to have him here.”
Forest last featured in the Premier League over two decades ago and Guedioura is hoping they can put an end to the unfortunate record this season, taking each game as it comes.
“It is too long for this club to have been outside of the Premier League. We are going to work hard and it is a long season – we still have 43 games,” Guedioura continued.
“The best we can hope for is to be in the Premier League at the end of the season. We dream about that, we wish for that and we hope we can make it. But there is game, after game to get through yet.
“We will have to work hard throughout the season because the Championship is one of the toughest leagues in the world.”