We’ve been made to wait longer than most, but today Stoke City have announced the signing of Egyptian wonder-kid Ramadan Sobhi from Al Ahly.
Sobhi has been highly praised by both Al Ahly and Egyptian supporters, and from the clips we have seen of him, this could be a very exciting signing. But with no coverage of him over in Europe, I am sure some people will be asking, who is Ramadan Sobhi?
The 19-year-old predominately plays on the wing, with him mainly playing on the left. This would help fill a hole that could potentially be left by Marko Arnautovic this summer, who seems destined to leave the Potters.
But supporters shouldn’t be too down at the potential of losing Arnie, at least that’s what Egyptian legend Mido thinks. He believes that Sobhi has the potential to be better than the Austrian, which is a big claim. In an interview with The Sentinel, he said:
“He is one of the best young players I have ever seen. He plays with no fear.
“He is a bit similar to Arnautovic in his style of play. He plays on the left, tucks in and can score goals – and he can also assist a lot of goals.”
Speaking of his play style, Sobhi has incredible ball control and dribbling, which if you have seen any videos of his in Egypt you will know about. Many show him beating his man and leaving him on the floor in embarrassment, which would liven up the Bet365 Stadium for sure.
One piece of skill which we will all be looking forward to seeing, is where he stops the and stands on the ball, almost mocking his opponent before going past them. I’m not sure, however, how well this will go down with opposition defenders, especially good old traditional defenders like Robert Huth.
He has also said to have a good eye for goal. Sobhi has managed 14 goals in 66 games for Al Ahly from the wing, which for a player his age is quite impressive. His wide skill set has led to him being called the new Mohamed Aboutrika, who is widely regarded as one of Egypt’s greatest ever players.
There is the small matter of him getting a work permit to play for us this season, which hopefully will go our way (our track record in the past would suggest otherwise). If he is allowed to join, it will remain to be seen whether or not he will make the step up to the first team or join the under 21s for a season like Moha, but it is clear to see that we have a very big talent on our hands here.