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PREVIEW: Sobhi, Elmohamady, Morsy braced for new challenges in England
The Egyptian Pharaohs in England are gearing up for new challenges this season, as Ramadan Sobhi, Ahmed Elmohamady and Sam Morsy all have points to prove.
Sobhi to shine for Stoke City this season?
Ramadan Sobhi will have a point to prove on his first season with Stoke City, as the player strives to fulfill his potential on foreign soil. Sobhi moved from Al Ahly to Stoke City towards the end of last month, becoming the youngest Egyptian ever to move to the English Premier League; priced at €6 million, he’s also the Egyptian Premier League’s most expensive Egyptian export. The 19-year-old has provided Al Ahly with magnificent performances over the last two seasons, and he will be looking to replicate his form with the Potters.
Stoke City FC manager Mark Hughes is a huge admirer of the player and sees Sobhi as an interesting prospect with talent and great potential. He thinks that he will add great value to the team if he can get him into the right situations on the field.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 4, 2016
Ramadan Sobhi could have a breakthrough season in England, but he will have to fight for his place in the team first. Sobhi is flexible and is capable of playing wide on the flanks and in the middle as a ‘number 10’. This will give himself more of a chance to get into the team, but he will have to build a quick understanding with the other attacking players and show consistent end product to remain in the team.
Elmohamady hoping to help Hull City remain in the Premier League
After being relegated two seasons ago and gaining immediate promotion back to the English Premier League last season, Hull City will be looking to avoid another short stay in the top flight.
Ahmed Elmohamady’s successful spell with Hull City makes him one of most their valuable assets as the player’s consistency and determination on the field boosts the team. However, following Steve Bruce’s resignation it remains to be seen if Elmo’s role in the team will change. Nevertheless, with Hull going into the new season with an injury-hit squad, the Egyptian international, who has spent his entire career in England since leaving ENPPI, is certain to feature on the right flank.
Elmo’s consistency and tactical discipline will help the player shine this year to help keep the Tigers in the Premier League. Generally, he plays over 80% of Hull City’s matches and his contribution is highly noticed, having played every single match of the side’s last two EPL campaigns. His versatility as a right winger, right-back, or right wing-back gives the team options to alter their shape throughout the season.
Sam Morsy looking to lead Wigan to the top flight
Sam Morsy, who sealed a transfer to Wigan Athletic in January, gave the former Premier League outfit a huge lift. His contribution was effective enough to help the Latics secure promotion to the Championship for the 2016/2017 season.
Despite being linked with a move to Scunthorpe United, Sam Morsy is aiming to have another impressive season to lead his new club to a second consecutive promotion – this time to the top flight. His performances last year earned him a starting spot in the second half of the season, and Morsy is hoping to impress again, as he has his eyes set on an Egypt national team call-up.
Which of these Pharaohs Abroad are you expecting to shine this season? Let us know in the comments section below…