Few would have imagined Morocco international Yaccine Bounou being a crucial part of Sevilla’s sixth Europa League title.
Bounou, 29, signed a four-year deal according to Kingfut with the LaLiga outfit after making a cluster of important saves throughout their European campaign, chief among which, came against English Premier League side, Wolverhampton Wanderers denying Raul Jimenez’s penalty during the quarter-final stage of the competition.
Although 18 appearances on the surface doesn’t sound like anything to shout about, the Montreal-born man had a very strong second half of the season.
Sevillistas Rojiblancos boss, Julen Lopetegui, brought the goalkeeper to the Andalusian region on loan from relegated Girona FC, where he impressed after helping the minos gain promotion into the Spanish top flight in the 2016/2017 season, to replace Sergio Rico, who left for Paris-Saint Germain last summer.
At international level, Bounou has made 20 appearances for the Atlas Lions and represented his nation in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as they suffered defeat at the hands of Benin, losing the match on penalties in the round of 16.