Ramadan Sobhi has impressed Stoke City fans, and Potters rival Jon Walters, with his latest exploits.
Stoke City secured the signing of a talented youngster when they secured Ramadan Sobhi in the summer from Al Ahly, but so far it’s proven to be a steep learning curve for the Egyptian.
The weekend’s game against Middlesbrough was only his tenth Premier League appearance and fourth start, but what he delivered was a breakout performance.
Marko Arnautovic scored two goals but it was Ramadan who was the name on Stoke fans’ tongues after the match, as he caught the eye with his skills and could easily have bagged a brace himself, hitting the bar with one effort and having a late header well saved.
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Before that his best moment had been when Alfie Mawson deflected a shot that was going wide into his own net, back in an October win over Swansea.
It’s entirely understandable that it’s taken Ramadan, who only recently turned 20 and had only played in Egypt until his move, a while to settle.
But his Middlesbrough performance certainly caught the eye of his teammate and rival for an attacking midfield role, Jon Walters.
No game time but good to be back involved. Big mention to “Ramadona” @RamadanSobhi who sent a few Boro defenders home with twisted blood!— Jonathan walters (@JonWalters19) March 4, 2017
Disappearing halfway through the season for the Africa Cup of Nations certainly didn’t help but he has now started three games in a row and looks to be delivering on his promise, and certainly isn’t short of confidence.
With Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri at his disposal, plus Joe Allen in superb form, Mark Hughes isn’t short of attacking midfielders but with little left to play for this season you hope Ramadan will be given more chances to aid his development.
Given the display against Middlesbrough he certainly deserves them.