To cover that hypothetical, this article grades Brahimi's performance against South Korea at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and provides a scouting report on his season for Granada.
Brahimi vs. South Korea Grade: A
Starting as a deep-lying forward behind Algerian centre-forward Islam Slimani, Brahimi was outstanding.
Brahimi persistently zipped in behind South Korean defensive midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng, who offered no protection to his back four.
It was a free-for-all for Algeria's attack in a 4-2 win over South Korea.
Brahimi was afforded an inordinate amount of time to pick out a pass with South Korea's defence in disarray.
Brahimi scored after a neat one-two with Algerian right attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli.
Algeria scores again 4-1 https://t.co/B0LKkcUbv9— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 22, 2014
Brahimi and Feghouli totalled 19 passing combinations between them, per FIFA.com.
The reason why Brahimi did not receive an A+ is he should have scored more given South Korea's paper-tiger defence.
No coming back from this. Korea have been as poor as Algeria have been impressive.— John Duerden (@JohnnyDuerden) June 22, 2014
Brahimi Granada Positives
Brahimi predominantly plays on the left wing, but can start on the right and has generally cut inside to operate centrally.
Brahimi runs effortlessly, possesses world-class dribbling ability and plays with flair, as evident with a remarkable roulette turn to spin away from Real Valladolid centre-back Jesus Rueda and Real Valladolid substitute Manucho.
|League Only||Total Dribbles||Dribbles Per Game|
Yacine Brahimi: Completed more successful dribbles (164) than any other player in La Liga last season #alg— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 17, 2014
Malaga's defence was ripped apart by Brahimi, who provided a through ball to Granada centre-forward Youssef El-Arabi.
Brahimi bolted across the field to reach Granada central midfielder Fran Rico's incisive pass, shrugged off Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya's challenge, and placed the ball past then-Barcelona (now free agent) goalkeeper Jose Pinto.
Brahimi Granada Negatives
Brahimi forces his way into advantageous shooting positions, but his inability to convert chances is why he is not an elite footballer.
He failed to score 92.1 percent of the time he shot, per Squawka.com.
A red flag with Brahimi is his petulance.
He darted towards referee Estrada Fernandez and cussed him out resulting in a cheap yellow card against Real Madrid.
Both Brahimi's yellow cards against Rayo Vallecano were "I wish I could take it back" moments.
- Getting into a verbal spat with then-Rayo (now Werder Bremen) centre-back Alex Galvez.
- Committing a professional foul on Rayo's Tottenham Hotspur loanee Iago Falque.
Brahimi is a freakishly gifted footballer with amazing take-on ability.
However, he scored three goals from 61 shots and registered four assists from 35 league games last season.
You see a lot of similarities between him and Jefferson Montero.
Both players terrorised La Liga defenders, but lacked the end product.
Montero gave up his Spanish dream and moved to Monarcas Morelia in Mexico.
Meanwhile, Brahimi's career is making gradual strides.
Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero probably one to get a move on the back of WC performance. Plenty of European clubs checking him out in situ— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) June 15, 2014
Granada CF have exercised the option to complete the permanent signing of Yacine Brahimi from Rennes until June 2017 pic.twitter.com/vixNJ2qFvS— Granada C.F. (@GranadaCdeF_en) June 4, 2013
|League Only||Adam Lallana||Yacine Brahimi|
|Shots Per Goal||7.8||20.3|
|Key Passes Per Game||1.9||1.1|
|Dribbles Per Game||1.8||4.7|
Lallana is a better-rounded player, though Brahimi could be the cost-effective signing for Liverpool.
Statistics via WhoScored.com