Benarbia confident Ghezzal will succeed at Monaco

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Former Algeria midfielder Ali Benarbia has backed his compatriot Rachid Ghezzal to turn the corner at his former club after struggling since his arrival in the principality.

Ghezzal, 25, joined Ligue 1 Champions Monaco in the off-season on a free transfer upon the expiry of his contract with domestic rivals Lyon.

However, the tricky winger has been limited to only three starts in all competitions this season, scoring once and registering two assists as a hamstring injury has plagued the Algerian.

Bernabia, who now works as a sports pundit for Al-Jazeera, feels it's just a matter of time before he contributes to Leonardo Jardim's side – who've already been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League.

"He came on tiptoes because he had a small injury, but I'm sure he'll bring more to AS Monaco during the season," he told So Foot.

"The difference ahead is that without the European Cup [Champions League, where Monaco have been eliminated], the playing time will now be more limited.

"In any case, his choice to leave OL [Lyon] for AS Monaco seems to me consistent," the former PSG man added.

"And it should be known that the absence of support in Monaco, it can to be an advantage: when the club does not go very well, the popular pressure is less important."