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Bruce: Elmohamady will rise to the competition
Egypt’s Ahmed Elmohamady is struggling to break into Steve Bruce’s squad after the return of Robert Snodgrass from injury, but the English manager believes that he will rise to the challenge.
”Elmo has been a fantastic player for me for the best part of five or six years, when you include our time at Sunderland,” Bruce said.
”I know exactly what he can do but I do believe he has been affected by all the nonsense surrounding his future.”
The Egyptian international, whose contract with the Tigers ends next summer, started 141 of 146 league games with the Tigers, helping them earn promotion to the English Premier League on his debut season.
“That’s maybe meant he’s taken his eye off the ball but now he’s got competition. When we brought Snodgrass to the club it was to give us that little bit going forward,” the Englishman added.
“The goal he scored against Charlton, we see that every day in training. He’s got a couple of goals and a couple of assists already. He’s a proper player.”
Robert Snodgrass joined Hull City in June 2014 from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee, and he dislocated a kneecap during a 1–0 win at QPR in August 2014 which kept him out of action for the whole season.
“I know Elmo will rise to that competition because, let’s be fair, he’s been a really good player for this club. Until the last few weeks he’s been a shoo-in but this should do him good,” the former Manchester United player added.
”Elmo’s no different to any other player. I wouldn’t have thought it possible that I wouldn’t be playing big Tom (Huddlestone) with his ability. But with the results we’ve been getting, he’s found it difficult to get in the team.
“That doesn’t take away from what I feel about him as a player, he’s a fantastic footballer.”
Hull City are currently top of the league with 56 points from 28 games and will hope to continue their fine form when they face Bury in the FA Cup away from home on Friday.