Mido Completes Loan to Wigan Athletic

K ShakranSenior Analyst IJanuary 23, 2009

Mido expressed his joy at linking up with his compatriot Amr Zaki at Wigan Athletic, while coach Steve Bruce lauded the towering striker's capabilities.

The 25-year-old moved on Thursday to Wigan from Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the current season, in a swap deal that saw Marlon King heading in the opposite direction.

Mido believes the Latics are pretty much on track in the Premier League, saying he's eager to help them maintain consistency.

"Wigan are a club moving in the right direction, who play great football and their league position is no fluke," he told the club's official website on Friday.

"My focus now is entirely on making sure we reach safety and then progress as far as we can this season.

"Now I just want to show the Wigan public what I am all about and play football."

Mido pointed out that Wigan had high-profile players in abundance, which he cited as another reason to be excited about his new Premiership adventure.

"I'm really looking forward to teaming up with some excellent players," the Egypt hitman elaborated.

He's also enthusiastic about playing alongside his fellow countryman Zaki, who has made a spectacular impact since he arrived at JJB early this season.

"I'm also really pleased to be teaming up with Zaki," said Mido.

"He is a top player and a good friend and it always helps when there are familiar faces when you join a new club."

The former Zamalek prodigy seemed to be flattered that former Manchester United Player Bruce showed interest in his services.

"When a man like Steve Bruce, who has achieved so much in the game, says he wants you, you have to take up opportunities like that," Mido added.

On the other hand, Bruce dished out praise for the former Roma marksman, adding that the latter would notably beef up Wigan's frontline.

"Mido brings vast experience to the table," commented the Wigan coach.

"He has a good Premier League pedigree having scored goals at Tottenham and Middlesbrough, and he has also played for some huge European clubs, where he gained Champions League and UEFA Cup experience.

"He is still a relatively young man with potentially his best years ahead of him and hopefully he can produce a bit of magic for us during the rest of the season."