Robbie Earle: Ramadan Sobhi is Egypt’s Messi
Former English-born Jamaican midfielder Robbie Earle praised Ramadan Sobhi’s latest performances with Stoke City and expressed his excitement for his future.
The former Al Ahly winger who moved to the Potters last summer was widely praised by coach Mark Hughes after the young Pharaoh played the full 90 minutes as Stoke City held Manchester City to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium.
Earle, who started his career as a youth player for Stoke, is positive that the Potters’ offense can lead the team to great achievements. “If you can build up an understanding with Marko Arnautovic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Allen and increasingly Ramadan Sobhi then it might be Christmas every Saturday,” he said.
He also revealed that he did good research on the 20-year-old winger before he joined the English Premier League saying that he noticed the hype around him in his home country.
“Every country has the lad they like to call their own Lionel Messi and he was definitely the one they were calling the Egyptian Messi,” said Earle. “He’s got skill, he holds a good position out wide and he’s dangerous on the counter-attack. He was causing problems last week for Bacary Sagna and it will be exciting to see what happens next.”
Saido Berahino also spoke well about his Egyptian teammate calling him “proper good”.
Egypt’s wonderkid is considered by many as the biggest Egyptian prospect in world football right now. Before moving to England he made 74 appearances for them, winning two Egyptian Premier League titles as well as the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup.
His next game with Stoke will be against league leaders Chelsea at the Britannia stadium on Saturday, March 18.
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