The last thing a footballer might expect to be berated for on international duty is the colour of his hair, but that’s exactly the fate that’s befallen Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and West Ham United’s Said Benrahma.
It’s said that Belmadi wanted both to “sport a respectable style without frills” and “a look that reflects the traditions and customs of Algerian society,” after they arrived with bleached blond locks
Frankly, the whole scenario is a bit of a nonsense and reminiscent of the time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that he didn’t sign a player simply because he had a mohican haircut.
Clearly, there needs to be respect between manager and players, however, making a player dye their hair isn’t going to make them play any better.
? “I once went to see a player and as he walked out of the dressing room, he had a Mohican (hairstyle). I said to my scout ‘nah let’s go home’, not interested. That was a very short scouting trip.”
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Moreover, it could drive an unnecessary wedge in the relationship which, internationally speaking, could have a detrimental effect.
On this occasion both Mahrez and Benrahma acceded to their manager’s wishes in any event.