Hughes: Ramadan Sobhi has a great personality
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes about Ramadan Sobhi’s performances and personality, adding that he could start against West Ham this afternoon.
The 19-year-old would become the first teenager to start a league game for the Potters since Ryan Shawcross against Cardiff in the Championship in 2007 and the youngest in the top flight since Chris Hemming and Carl Beeston in 1985.
Sobhi had a big impact on the game against Swansea City as he contributed in the Potters’ second goal which saw his side win the game 3-1 .
“He’s a 19-year-old, but you can see he’s played senior football for some time,” Hughes said.
“He’s probably got 60 or 70 senior games in Egypt under his belt and that makes a difference. He understands the physicality that you need to be able to play your own game in physical leagues.
“It’s quite marked when you see Ramadan as a 19-year-old in comparison to the 19-year-olds we’ve got in our academy because they’ve just not been involved in senior football.
“Every day after training we have talked about Ramadan, saying he did well again today and that’s what you have to do as young player,” The Welshman added.
“Every time you are training with the senior group you have to view it as an opportunity to impress. That’s what he’s done and why we had the situation with Shaq after 20-odd minutes I was more inclined to make a straight swap with Ramadan because he’d done well training wise. It’s a message to all young players at our club.
“He’s still a young man, he’s only 19 years of age, he’s in a new country, a new culture and he’s got a new language which he’s working really hard to understand.
The Welshman says that Ramadan could has a good chance of starting against West Ham and that he has done well so far with the Potters.
“He’s a great personality and you saw the reaction when he made the goal the other night from the senior players. They were delighted for him and that’s because of the personality he has. We’re pleased with what he’s doing.
“He’s got a good chance of starting a Premier League game, which is obviously what he wants to do moving forward. At times he won’t play, at other times he will have to be ready, but for a young man to come to a new country, a new culture and a new level, he has done exceptionally well,” Hughes concluded.
Stoke City’s next game will be against West Ham at London Stadium on November 5 in the English Premier League, and with Marko Arnautovic suspended and Shaqiri injured, Ramadan could start his first league game for Stoke.
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