There is an argument that Morocco have been the unluckiest team at this summer’s World Cup – potentially along with Peru – as 1-0 defeats have masked the fact that their performances have been deserving of more than that.
The African outfit have been enterprising, ambitious and tidy in possession but have lacked cutting edge and been undone by a late own goal against Iran and a Cristiano Ronaldo header against Portugal.
In that match against the European champions, one man who caught the eye was Real Madrid teenager Achraf Hakimi, playing at left-back as his side dominated for much of the match.
He can play on the right as well but on the side where Everton are looking for a replacement for Leighton Baines in the long term, he produced an impressive display at both ends.
His tackling and heading ability were secure, which is the first thing watching Premier League managers such as Marco Silva will be looking for this summer.
Going the other way, he was also strong, creating chances and playing balls into the area, which is something that Baines has done on Merseyside and also something that will be a prerequisite for Silva’s new attractive Toffees side.