19-year-old al-Ahly Ramadan Sobhi became the first acquisition of Stoke city in the current season.
Ramadan moved to the English club for 5 million pounds, which for a young player from Egypt – a pretty impressive amount.
Comparison Sobhi with the Argentine superstar are not groundless. Their playing style and strengths are very similar, including great ball control at speed and great dribbling offset from the flank to the center.
The signing was extremely pleased with the coach from Stoke’s Mark Hughes, who is willing to give the player time to adapt and believe in its fast progress.
“I am very pleased with this transfer, he’s definitely a delightful young player,” said Hughes.
“It may take some time to understand the Premier League, but for such a young player he is already quite experienced.”
“Time to go because the Premier League is a difficult tournament. But I already talked to him and he looks a very Mature young man. Really want to start working with him.”
Despite the fact that the player is not very well known outside of Egypt, Sobhi has managed to impress his more famous compatriot – the former striker of Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hassan Mido, who praised Stoke for a successful transfer.
“To all the fans of Stoke city, who have not yet seen in the game Ramadan… you just signed a top talent… you will like to watch his game!”, – wrote on his Twitter page of Mido.
To all the @stokecity fans who haven’t seen much of @RamadanSobhi ..u just signed a top talent l..you will love watching him!!
– Mido (@midoahm) on July 25 2016 R.
Ramadan has played 71 matches for his former club, having 17 different balls.