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Steve Bruce claims Elmohamady can lead Hull back to the EPL
Ahead of the final regular league game of the season and the Championship play-offs, Hull City manager Steve Bruce spoke about Ahmed Elmohamady‘s potential influence on taking his side back to the English Premier League.
The 28-year-old right back was part was among the players who led Hull City to the Premier League in the 2013-2014 season after finishing second in the Championship, and gaining direct promotion. The Egypt international went on to secure 100 consecutive league starts with the Tigers, until the start of this season.
Despite falling out of favor due to his dip in form and the signing of Robert Snodgrass, Elmohamady is still a crucial part of the Hull City squad, as Bruce noted.
Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail, “It hasn’t quite happened for Elmo this season. He hasn’t quite hit the heights of the last few seasons but he’s had a bit of competition this year with the arrival of Snodgrass.”
He continued, “It’s fair to say it’s not been his best season here but with his experience and his know-how for these games coming up, that might just stand him in good stead.”
The English manager also blamed the transfer rumors as well as the contract renewal talks for his dip in form: “I do believe genuinely that he’s been affected by contract talks but he’s been here for the best part of four years now and I’d still like to keep him at the club.”
Steve Bruce then commented on the criticalness of the play-offs as the league Hull City play in will determine whether Elmohamady will continue with the Tigers or not.
“Of course, if we’re in this league next season, we’re in no position to offer Elmo the contract that he wants. That’s the nuts and bolts of it and it applies to Tom Huddlestone and Sone Aluko as well. If you stay in the Championship for another year, ultimately you have to cut your cloth accordingly,” he explained. “It’s a 50-50 chance.”
It is worth noting that several Premier League clubs, including Everton and Leicester, showed interest in Elmohamady earlier this season, as KingFut exclusively revealed.