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Steve Bruce excited with Egyptian trio
Hull City manager Steve Bruce expressed his excitement on the club’s official website after sealing loan deals on transfer deadline day for Fathi, Gedo and Elmohamady.
Al-Ahly and Egypt international duo Ahmed Fathi and Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ are expected to join up with Hull’s first team squad next week after completing their moves to the KC Stadium on transfer deadline day and the club hope their new Pharaohs will provide a boost to Bruce’s promotion ambitions.
“They’re two internationals and the boy Gedo is an international striker of the highest quality,” said Bruce.
“They’ve just played in the World Club tournament a few weeks ago and for those who don’t know, Al-Ahly is arguably the biggest club in Africa and regularly get crowds of 75,000 people.
“It’s fantastic to be bringing in two international footballers here for the rest of the season and we’re looking forward to them arriving.
“Gedo has a really good scoring record and is fantastic at international level. He plays off both feet and can be a big asset to us.
“Fathi can play anywhere. I saw him play as the left centre back against England at Wembley, he can play right back, centre back, defensive midfield….he has versatility.”
Bruce also expressed his delight to have Ahmed Elmohamady back in his squad after Sunderland agreed to allow the right wing-back to return to the KC Stadium, with no option to recall, to complete his season on loan with the Tigers.
“I’ve got to say thank you to Martin O’Neill for letting Ahmed come back here,” added Bruce.
“With the way we play, he is a key player and makes the wing-back position look very easy. The ability to run up and down the wing is an art and the position suits him down to the ground.
“We’re delighted to have him back.”
On his Twitter account, Gedo also expressed his excitement on sealing the move…
The Egyptian trio have all been called up to national team squad to face Chile on February 6 at Atlético Madrid’s Vicente Calderon Stadium.