By Morocco World News -
Rabat – Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou’s stellar performance with Girona is gaining him recognition across the European footballing spectrum.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo has ranked Bounou 10th among “brilliant goal keepers who are having a great season in Europe’s top 5 divisions,” based on their number of saves so far this season.
Bounou has earned the trust of both Girona and the Moroccan national team, where he is the starting goalkeeper.
Of the 10 goalies whose performance outshone the rest of Europe’s elite leagues, only Manchester United’s Spanish goalie De Gea, ranked 4th, was a household name of acknowledged class and reputation.
While keepers like Bounou or Lukasz Fabianski (5th) may not have the flamboyance of Real Madrid’s Courtois or Manchester City’s Ederson or the price tags of Liverpool’s Alison and Chelsea’s Kepa, their performance and importance for their respective teams is no less significant.
In Bounou’s case, while Girona, his current club, languishes in 17th place in La Liga, Spain’s top league, the club’s place in the championship table would have been far lower had it not been for the Moroccan’s form.
Mundo Deportivo’s rankings:
1) Oier Olazabal (Levante, Spain), 96 saves
2) Michael Esser (Hannover, Germany), 94 saves
3) Luis Sepe (Parma, Italy), 92 saves
4) David De Gea (Manchester United, England), 90 saves
5) Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham, England), 88 saves
6) Marco Sportiello (Frosinone, Italy), 88 saves
7) Neil Etheridge (Cardiff, England), 88 saves
8) Sergio Asenjo, (Villarreal, Spain), 86 saves
9) Regis Gurtner (Amiens, France), 83 saves
10) Yassine Bounou (Girona, Spain), 83 saves
After being named Girona’s player of the month for February, Moroccan international goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was named player of the month for November as well.
By Morocco World News
Rabat – Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou received the title of African player of the month in November by users on the France Football website.
Over 20,000 people voted for Yassine Bounou, constituting 69 percent of the total votes.
The Moroccan professional player is ahead of Algeria’s Youcef Atal (Nice) who got 29 percent of the votes, and the Ivorian Gervinho (Parma) who got 2 percent of the votes.
Bounou, 27, born in Canada, began his professional career with La Liga’s giants Atletico reMadrid following a transfer from Wydad De Casablanca (WAC) in June 2012.
He initially played for Atletico Madrid’s B-team, but in 2014, he joined the main squad following the departure of Atletico’s two main goalkeepers, Thibaut Courtois and Daniel Aranzubia.
The goalkeeper currently plays for the Spanish club Girona, which named him their best player of the month in February.
Bounou was one of 23 players to participate in the World Cup with the Atlas Lions and appeared with the Moroccan national football team on several occasions.
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