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Egyptians in the Premier League: Hits & Misses

22:03 EAT 24/07/2019
Trezeguet Egypt
As Trezeguet joins Aston Villa, Goal reviews the mixed history of Egyptians in the English top flight

  • Ahmed Elmohamady

    Ahmed Elmohamady

    Has represented both Sunderland and Hull City in the top tier since moving to the Stadium of Light from ENPPI in 2010, and will return to the Prem as Trezeguet’s new teammate at Aston Villa.

    A stalwart for each of his employers, winning over fans with his relentless work rate and prodigious energy down the right flank.

    Verdict: Hit

  • Al Ahly full-back Ahmed Fathy

    Ahmed Fathy

    One of Egypt’s most decorated players, and a legend in his homeland, but Fathy struggled to make his mark in English football.

    He joined Sheffield United from Ismaily in 2007, but departed later that year after making just three appearances.

    Verdict: Miss

  • Ahmed Hegazy of West Bromwich Albion

    Ahmed Hegazy

    A gamble for West Bromwich Albion in 2017 when they signed him from Al-Ahly initially on loan, having struggled to make his mark in Italian football.

    However, despite the Baggies’ relegation, Hegazy won over supporters with his powerful, tenacious defensive displays.

    Verdict: Hit

  • Mohamed Elneny

    Mohamed Elneny

    Midfield battler who moved to Arsenal from FC Basel, but has struggled to have the desired impact in England.

    Unai Emery’s young midfield recruits last season pushed him to the peripheries of the Gunners’ squad, and he managed just eight league games last term.

    He may need a move to another Prem side to truly realise his potential in the English game.

    Verdict: Miss, for now…

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2018-19

    Mohamed Salah

    One of the greatest African players ever to play in the Premier League, Salah struggled at Chelsea but was an instant success after joining Liverpool following a spell in the Italian game.

    He won the Golden Boot, the PFA Player’s Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Fans’ Player of the Year awards while breaking records aplenty at Anfield, and then inspired the Reds to the Champions League title last term.

    Verdict: Emphatic hit

  • Mohamed Nagy Gedo - Al Ahly - Al Ettehad El Sakandary


    Enjoyed an awesome start to life on loan at Hull City, scoring five in his first six matches to become a fan favourite almost immediately after his arrival on loan in January 2013.

    However, his impact was limited after returning to the club—again on a temporary basis—for the 2013-14 season, and his loan spell was cut short in January.

    Verdict: Jury’s out

  • Amr Zaki - AlSalmiyah - Kuwait

    Amr Zaki

    Like a few others on this list, Zaki’s star burned brightly—but briefly.

    He once scored 10 goals in 16 games for Wigan Athletic, but later fell out with coach Steve Bruce, who labelled the Egyptian as the most unprofessional player he’d ever worked with.

    He ultimately returned to SC Zamalek, with the goals having dried up, and was unable to recreate his early success during a later loan spell with Hull City.

    Verdict: For those two goals against Liverpool at Anfield, Hit

  • Hossam Ghaly | Tottenham

    Hossam Ghaly

    Another player whose career in England started encouragingly—with some fine performances for Tottenham Hotspur—but which ultimately ended in acrimony.

    His decision to throw his shirt on the ground in May 2007 after being substituted, 18 months into his time at the club, ultimately spelled the end of his time at Spurs, with fans jeering him—proving they hadn’t forgotten—when Harry Redknapp tried to reintegrate him to the fold in January 2009.

    He missed the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations to join Derby County on loan in 2008, only to be relegated.

    Verdict: A regrettable miss

  • Ramadan Sobhi

    Ramadan Sobhi

    A remarkable talent, with magnificent technique and excellent footwork, but he was never right for English football.

    Perhaps he moved to Stoke City too early in his career, and he failed to make an impact at Huddersfield Town.

    The winger is currently back on loan at Al-Ahly.

    Verdict: Miss

  • Mohamed Shawky & Thamil Arasu & Kunanlan - Selangor vs Kelantan

    Mohamed Shawky

    An Egypt stalwart and Al-Ahly hero, Shawky joined Middlesbrough in 2007 and would go on to remain with the North-East club for the next two and a half years.

    Injuries affected his first season, limiting him to five seasons, and he’d only make a further 13 showings in the 2008-09 campaign, before moving on to Kayserispor.

    Verdict: Miss

  • Hossam mido


    Represented five different clubs in England, having originally moved to Tottenham Hotspur on loan from AS Roma in 2005.

    Mido started strongly, with a series of bold and physical displays, but injuries, a loss of form and disciplinary issues slowed his progress at White Hart Lane.

    The powerful forward ultimately failed to recreate that early magic during stints with Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic, West Ham United and Barnsley.

    Verdict: Jury’s out…