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Paul Lambert explains Ramadan Sobhi's lack of games at Stoke City

9:00 AM EST 3/9/18
Ramadan Sobhi Stoke City Premier League
The Egypt international has been limited to game time since the arrival of the Scottish gaffer at the helm

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has lifted the lid on why Ramadan Sobhi has not been a regular fixture in his team.

The 21-year-old has been afforded an appearance - a 94th-minute substitute against Huddersfield Town - since the appointment of the former Aston Villa boss in January.

Prior to Lambert's arrival, the former Al Ahly winger has featured in 16 games this season notching back-to-back goals in December against West Bromwich Albion and Huddersfield Town.

Last month, due to lack of first-team opportunities, Sobhi featured for Stoke City's U23 side where he scored a goal in their 3-2 win over Middlesbrough.

And Lambert who has managed just a win in his last six games faulted Egyptian's lacklustre attitude to defensive play - in a time when the Potters are fighting against relegation - as the reason.

“I had to get him to grasp what I wanted him to do without the ball because I felt we were too open," Lambert was quoted by Stoke Sentinel.

“He’s lightning quick, I think he’s strong, very strong, but he had to understand where I wanted him without the ball and that took a wee bit of time.

“But he’s definitely getting there. The biggest compliment I can give Ramadan is that he’s really unpredictable, which is a great asset to have.

“He’s only a young kid as well and without the ball we needed a little bit more nous from him. But he’ll be back in contention for this week.”

Sobhi could make his third Premier League appearance in 2018 when Stoke City, placed 19th in the log, welcome league leaders Manchester City to the bet365 Stadium on Monday.