Manuel Jose: Why Sobhi and Trezeguet are struggling to emulate Salah

Manuel Jose: Why Sobhi and Trezeguet are struggling to emulate Salah
Huddersfield Town's Ramadan Sobhi applauds the fans after the final whistle

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 23, 2018. 10:00

Former Al Ahly head coach Manuel Jose believes that both Ramadan Sobhi and Mahmoud Trezeguet left the Egyptian giants too early.

The Portuguese tactician, who won six Egyptian Premier League titles with Al Ahly, explained why the two attackers have struggled in Europe.

“The timing of Ramadan Sobhi and Trezeguet’s departure was wrong,” Jose told Sada El Balad TV channel.

“Both of them weren’t ready to go to Europe and especially not the Premier League. Ramadan and Trezeguet should’ve stayed in Al Ahly a bit longer to implement themselves in the Al Ahly starting eleven."

In 2016, Ramadan Sobhi left Al Ahly as a 19-year-old for Stoke City, who were campaigning in the English Premier League at the time.

The attacking midfielder struggled to establish himself and he was sold to EPL side Huddersfield Town prior to the start of the current 2018/19 season.

While midfielder Trezeguet left Al Ahly as a 20-year-old for Belgium Pro League giants Anderlecht in 2015.

The midfield maestro was sold to Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa earlier this year after impressing while on loan at the club.

Jose compared the two youngsters with Egyptian superstar and Liverpool FC forward Mohamed Salah, who is regarded as one of the best players in world football.

“Not all players have the mental strength to play in a foreign country. And that’s what makes Salah different from Ramadan and Trezeguet,” Jose continued.

“I wanted to sign Salah and we actually did but the deal fell through because the Arab Contractors weren’t relegated.

“The EFA decided to cancel all relegations so the Arab Contractors stayed in the league and their president at the time told Hassan Hamdy that he won’t sell any players and from there Salah joined FC Basel," he added.

“If Salah had joined Al Ahly it would’ve been very hard for him to join a foreign team. Salah is mentally prepared unlike Ramadan Sobhi and most Egyptian players, he’s a great player.

“Salah had a great season and he would’ve continued but his injury in the Champions League final didn’t allow him.If Salah would’ve played against Uruguay, Egypt would’ve won. Salah could’ve made the difference against them," he explained.

“Does anyone have a doubt about Salah abilities or his worthiness to be among the best three players in the world? He deserves it.

“He helped Liverpool and scored a lot of important goals and was the Premier League’s top goalscorer which is a very difficult league. Him being among the top three best players is justice,” he concluded.

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