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OPINION: Four reasons why Ramadan will thrive at Stoke this season

KingFut’s Malek Shafei believes Egyptian prodigy Ramadan Sobhi will thrive on the left flank for Stoke City, in the 2017/18 campaign.

Playing behind arguably one of the most explosive wing duos in the Premier League in Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri, it would always be hard for a youngster to get much playing time. Nevertheless, Ramadan Sobhi still managed 17 PL appearances, impressing Mark Hughes and fans alike with outstanding performances against several clubs, including Manchester City and Swansea City.

Throughout the season, Sobhi played behind Arnautovic in the Stoke rotation, but as the Austrian has left Stoke to play at West Ham for 34 million pounds, there is an opportunity for the Pharaoh to become a regular starter for the Potters and even to thrive in the Premier League.

Support From The Manager

Hughes has Sobhi in his plans for the future: “Ramadan’s had a breakthrough season and he’s very much in my thoughts,” Hughes told Stoke Sentinel.

“He will get more game time clearly because his talent deserves that. But we’re trying to get better year on year and you want to keep your best players to do that. He now needs to focus on football and getting ready for the season. He’s shown good signs and flashes once again, but there is more to come from him, we know,” Hughes enthused.

No More Rivalry

It was a lack of playing time that halted his progression during the beginning of his Stoke career. But after a fantastic AFCON run with Egypt, Mark Hughes played him more times in a few months than he had all season, starting him in 8 games out of 11. Sobhi growing number of minutes towards the end of the season, in addition to the departure of his position rival Arnautovic, signal for the Egyptian to have a more definitive role next season. With Sobhi being the only “out and out” left winger for Stoke, he should have no real trouble becoming a consistent member of the starting XI.

His Attributes

During his limited playtime last season, Ramadan’s flashes of skill showed many English fans why he is affectionately known as ‘Ramadona’ to Egyptian spectators. Possessing the pace to burst past opposing fullbacks, and having excellent strength to outmuscle opposition on both offense and defense are great athletic attributes that should allow him to thrive in the Premier League. He is also a good passer, having the 17th highest passing accuracy out of wingers in the PL this past season.

“He is a player who likes to provide assists more than he enjoys scoring goals,” says his agent Nader Shawky. He also averaged 0.5 key passes per game. Give him more minutes, and more time to develop chemistry with his teammates, we can see his key passes double, if not triple, and see him get many assists. And while his shooting still needs some work, his strength, passing, and pace attributes are superb and on the level of some other great PL wingers.

A Better Stoke Team

Stoke’s 2016-2017 season was arguably disappointing after they finished in 13th place, a low finish considering they finished 9th place in the previous three seasons. Stoke are covered with the departure of Marko Arnautovic, as Ramadan can step up. Most notably, the Potters acquired Kurt Zouma on a season long loan from Chelsea, this will strengthen their defense significantly as centre-back was a position where they were arguably weak in the past campaign. The funds from selling the Austrian will likely contribute to reinforcing the team in other areas such as midfield, making the team even stronger in a push for the top 10.

The departure of Marko Arnautovic has really opened the doors for Ramadan Sobhi to thrive at Stoke City. Sobhi is now expected to be a big part of Mark Hughes’ offense as a regular in the starting XI at left winger. And with his skills continuing to improve, we might just see why ‘Ramadona’ is rated so highly by many fans.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Nayel Salah

    August 1, 2017 at 11:52 PM

    I agree with you, Malek. Ramadan is amazing.

  2. David Edwards

    August 2, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    I was impressed by Ramadan last season and have no doubt he will be more of a regular in our first team this season. He has a great future and is very talented

  3. Alimullah

    August 2, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    May Allah will it! I am a lifelong Stoke City fan, and even though I’m sad to see Arnautovic leave, I am more excited of the hope of seeing a lot more of Ramadan.

  4. king TuT

    August 2, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Do you guys at KingFut not read or do any form of research before you post stuff like this?

    – Mark Hughes was very hard on Sobhi a few weeks stating he has much work left to do and he should focus on football matters if he wants to be in starting 11.

    – Stoke radio heavily attacked sobhi on the radio for not having any impact in the attacking part of the field

    – Stoke offical forums are calling for a replacement to Arnotivic aftet seeing sobhi in friendly matches.

    -Stoke in the news are now looking for a left middfield player!

    who ever wrote this article please do some research

  5. Abdu

    August 3, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Because he is Egyptian, he is more that Messi and Neymar.
    I followed all Stoke City friendlies and found that Ramadan is doing badly. He usually lost the ball, mis buses and cannot dribble.
    His boss publically criticized him. I think he is going to spend the season as a substitute.

    When write in English is a responsibility to be objective because your ideas are possible to become global.

  6. Abdu

    August 3, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Because he is Egyptian, he is more that Messi and Neymar.
    I followed all Stoke City friendlies and found that Ramadan is doing badly. He usually lost the ball, mis buses and cannot dribble.
    His boss publically criticized him. I think he is going to spend the season as a substitute.

    When write in English is a responsibility to be objective because your ideas are possible to go viral.

  7. king TuT

    August 5, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    yes sobhi is doing very bad in all stokes friendlies and he cannot play under hughes.He does not have speed and he cannot complete a pass towards goal as a result Stoke have already made a bid for Andy townsend at 15 million to replace Arnotivic.

  8. Khalid

    August 12, 2017 at 12:02 AM

    He is not developing at all, I am afraid he is going to be a huge flop in England. He is showing how ordinary he is.

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