Former Tottenham striker Mido: Sobhi is ready for Stoke challenge
The English Premier League side announced on Monday the signing of the Egypt international winger from Al Ahly in a deal in the region of 6 million euros, according to the Potters.
Mido praised Sobhi’s technical ability saying that the 19-year-old is ready to prove himself and that he has all the necessary skills to succeed with the English Premier League side.
“It’s very exciting! For me, he is the best young player I’ve seen in years. He has everything, he’s strong and his technical ability is amazing. He’s clever, he’s comfortable in one-on-one situations and he can assist and score goals as well,” the former Middlesbrough striker told Stoke city’s official website.
“But, the most important thing for me is he has the character, he has a big personality and is not scared of big occasions. I’m not worried about Ramadan when it comes to the Premier League because he has everything to succeed in such a strong league.”
Mido, who has a plenty of experience in the Premier League spoke about the challenges that might face Sobhi in England, saying that the former Al Ahly player is a great player but “needs to be patient”.
“I think that he is ready for the Premier League but maybe it will take a little bit of time to adapt to a new country and the league. He’s physically and mentally strong and it may take him seven or eight weeks to get used to the team but once he’s ready he will make a big difference. The Premier League is at a greater standard than the Egyptian league, obviously, but the boy is ready.”
The former Ajax striker passed along his advice to Sobhi and told him about what to expect from the Premier League.
“It’s a physical league and is different to what he is used to in Egypt…He’s a strong guy and won’t have many problems when it comes to playing.”
The Lierse technical advisor expects the frenzy for the young Egyptian winger, who was recently crowned Egyptian Premier League champion with his former side Al Ahly, to continue. He said that Stoke City’s popularity in Egypt has already increased.
“Everybody in Egypt is excited about Ramadan because they have seen what he can do and they will be intrigued to know if he can do it in a league they all love. The Premier League is so popular in the Middle East and people will be watching all the games.
“I remember when I was at Tottenham or Middlesbrough and people would stay up to watch my games. For Ramadan, it will be no different, he comes from a big club in Al Ahly and their fans amongst a lot of Egyptians will be excited to see him play in the Premier League.”
The former Zamalek coach also insisted that Sobhi is used to the pressure of the fans and won’t face any problems dealing with a large crowd.
“He will be used to it believe me! Al Ahly is one of two big clubs in Egypt and fans are always going along to watch training and sometimes just for that they get 15 or 20,000 fans turn up…He comes from a big club and usually they play their games in front of 70,000, it will be no problem for him.”
Mido expects Stoke City to enjoy a good season in the top half under the leadership of Mark Hughes, who praised Sobhi saying that “he’s got good experience for somebody who’s so young.”
“Mark Hughes is doing a terrific job and he wants to play good attacking football. He believes in his team, but what I like about him is that he will try to play and attack against big teams with an open style. I think with Ramadan joining, he will add a lot of value and a lot of quality in to the team,” he concluded.
In June, Mido told KingFut that Sobhi is the best talent in North Africa, saying that his style is a bit similar to Arnautovic.
“He can score goals, assist and works hard when he doesn’t have the ball, something which is essential for playing in England,” Mido said
“Ramadan can play on the left, cut inside and score. His style is a bit similar to Arnautovic but he can be better than him,” he added.
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