Sunderland Reportedly Lands Young Egyptian Star Ahmed Al-Muhammadi
English side Sunderland have reached an agreement with ENPPI to sign wing-back Ahmed Al-Muhammadi for £2.5 million, the Egyptian club said on Wednesday.
Filgoal.com, an Egyptian sports website, first reported the news.
"A Sunderland representative will come to Egypt after the end of the English Premier League to wrap up the deal," ENPPI football director Alaa Abdul-Sadek told FilGoal.com.
Al-Muhammadi was set to join Sunderland last January, but ENPPI was unsatisfied with the money put on the table by the English club. In addition, ENPPI refused to release Al-Muhammadi during their Egyptian league run at third place.
Wigan Athletic, who housed Egyptian forwards Amr Zaki and Ahmed "Mido" Hossam on a loan, were also interested in the services of the 22-year-old winger.
The 22-year-old winger does possess a great ability to run the length of the field efficiently, but fails to deliver accurate crosses and would rather use his one-on-one skill level to maneuver against his opponents.
Al-Muhammadi is also a very raw talent. He needs major developing and it may take quite some time for him to adapt to the high-paced football style of the Premiership.
He's a rhythm player, meaning he feeds off energy from the crowd and his teammates. If his team is down by a goal, he's not the best person to trust with the ball. He is sometimes erratic.
He's a very speedy player. He almost outruns opponents.
His current position, as a right winger, might not be the perfect position to place him in the English Premier league. His defense is lackluster, at best, and needs to learn positioning.
He has some international experience, appearing in the 2008 African Nations Cup, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2010 African Nations Cup (where he scored two goals), and playing a well-rounded friendly game against England last March.
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