Excitement Builds Ahead of Sobhi Arrival
Ramadan Sobhi is close to becoming the first Egyptian to join Stoke City.
The exciting winger is set to travel to England for a medical this week after Al Ahly confirmed he is leaving the club.
His impending arrival is one to not only improve the team, but also enhance Stoke’s worldwide reach.
Egyptians across the globe are flooding Stoke City social network sites giving their best wishes and support to Sobhi.
Sobhi may have only just turned 19, but he already boasts more than 70 appearances for Al Ahly, knocking in a goal every fourth match on average.
He made his international debut a couple of years ago, when he became the second youngest player to represent Egypt, and he has gone on to play six times to date.
His current manager Martin Jol has described Sobhi as “one of the best players and young talents” he has ever seen. That’s extremely high praise from a man who has managed in Netherlands, Germany and England.
And from the various clips doing the rounds, you can see why. Sobhi has so much talent that he caused a player to spit his dummy out and get sent off in the Cairo derby having stood on the ball to goad the opposition. Whilst he may not get away with such extravagance in England, Sobhi certainly fits the bill with Stoke’s more recent attractive look.
His 27 matches this season have seen him complete 92 successful dribbles. In comparison, Xherdan Shaqiri- who played 27 times last campaign- only completed 36. Of course, the standard of the Egyptian league isn’t as high as in England, but Sobhi promises to be the type of player to get supporters on the edge of their seats.
There have been concerns that Sobhi may not get a work permit, but the club and the player’s agent are confident that this won’t be the case.
We also understand reports that Sobhi will be immediately sent out on loan are false.
Now all we need to do is wait for the player to arrive and, hopefully, sign.
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