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Bob Bradley backs Elneny for Premier League success

Bob Bradley in Egypt

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believes ’s experience in European competition with Basel will serve him well in the Premier League with .

The former Egypt boss managed Elneny during his successful spell with the Pharaohs between 2011 and 2013. Currently manager of Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre, Bradley has sung the praises of Arsenal’s newest midfielder.

“He is an all-round midfielder capable of playing different roles,” Bradley told NBC Sports’ Pro Soccer Talk. “He reads the game, he moves well and he can play a little bit deeper.”

“He’s an all-round midfielder who can play deeper when needed, he can move forward and shoot from distance but he’s not just a guy who stays in there and breaks up plays.”

Elneny has helped achieve positive results against Premier League clubs Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool during his time in the Europa League and the Champions League, and Bradley believes his experience as well his strong ethic well help him settle in London quickly.

“It is an adjustment for anybody but I think that his experience of playing against Premier League teams in the Champions League and Europa League is going to help,” he added.

“When Elneny started he was still young, he was only 19, but you could see that he trained really well every day,” Bradley explained.

“In training he was improving technically. You could tell how he worked and how he wanted to get better. Little by little he became an important part of our team.

“His passing got sharper. He started to improve his ability with long passes. He was always a player who didn’t hesitate to shoot from distance and at that time it wasn’t always that he was scoring a lot, but you could see all these starting points.”

This comes as no surprise as Bradley expressed his delight with the youngster’s development in an exclusive talk with KingFut.

Elneny will have the chance to make his Arsenal debut at the Emirates Stadium against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, but Wenger is more likely to field the Egyptian the following weekend in the FA Cup match against Burnley.

Michael Saad is an Egyptian-Canadian living in Toronto. A lifelong supporter of Zamalek through family inheritance, he covers the White Knights on KingFut and monitors the progression of the Egyptian national team carefully. Outside of Egyptian football, he is a passionate Arsenal and Toronto FC fan.

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