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Alan Pardew flew to see Gabr play for Egypt

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Brighton and Hove Albion at The Hawthorns on January 13, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

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manager flew to see play for in the recent international friendly against Greece.

The under fire manager took time out of his schedule to see his domineering centre back in action as Egypt lost 1-0 to the Greeks.

Gabr is still yet to make his debut since joining the Baggies on loan from Zamalek in January, with Pardew opting for centre backs with more experience in the English game such as Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley, as well as Egypt international Ahmed Hegazi who broke through at the club under Tony Pulis prior to Pardew’s arrival.

The 29 year old put in a decent performance against Greece, as they struggled to create much aside from the goal itself with which, if anyone was at fault, it would be Omar Gaber.

Pardew has also watched Gabr in action for the U23s however he evidently did not see enough to give him his debut. As a result of his failure to make an impact at the club, there is a strong possibility that he will return to Egypt this summer despite West Brom having an option to buy the player for just over £1 million.

Gabr may make his debut for the club in their next game which is against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday at 4pm Egyptian time (note that English games will be an hour earlier than usual in Egypt due to a change in clocks in England).

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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