Andy Delort, the Algerian assassin

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Africa has a few top class strikers plying their trade in the top five leagues in the world and Algerian striker Andy Delort has been hitting the back of the net for the past two seasons with French Ligue 1 side Montpellier HSC.  

Born in 1991 to a French-Algerian mother and French father, the striker started his youth development at local club Sete 34 while also playing with their sister club Pointe Courte AC Sete between 1997 and 2008.

The 29-year-old got his first professional breakthrough after being signed by Ajaccio in 2008 and was drafted into the club’s U19 side, Delort finished as the top scorer in the U-19 league with 30 league goals which attracted interest from clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Bordeaux.

After a successful trial at Borussia Dortmund, he was offered his first professional contract, but he chose to join French side Olympique Nimes instead.

After a fairly disappointing year at Nimes where he made only three league appearances in Ligue 2 the striker returned to his old club AC Ajaccio penning three-year-deal with the Ligue 2 side. L

The striker opened his account with goals against Angers, Le Havre and later against FC Istres in the French cup. The Algerian would later join FC Metz on loan before returning a season later after a brawl in a game against FC Nantes which got him suspended for several matches before falling out of favour with the coach of the club.

In his career he has played for several clubs around France and Europe before making his ultimate move to Montpellier where he is playing now. The attacker has played for Toulouse, Wigan Athletic, Caen and Tours in the past decade. His move to Montpellier was initially a loan from Toulouse, he was loaned for the 2018/19 season and scored 14 league goals in 36 league appearances which made Montpellier decide to sign him permanently. 

Last season the striker had a contribution of 12 goals (9 goals and 3 assists). He has started this season well with four goals and two assists already in the 9 games played so far in France’s top-flight.

After expressing interest in representing his mother’s country he was included in Algeria’s final AFCON 2019 squad to travel to Egypt. The striker was called as a late replacement for Haris Belkebla whom a few days prior was suspended from the team for a mooning incident that happened live on fellow teammate Alexandre Oukidja’s Video live stream

He later made his international debut on the 16th of June in a friendly against Mali replacing winger Yacine Brahimi in the 75th minute and he scored the winning goal 5 minutes later as Algeria won 3-2. 

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