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MIDO ON HIS MIDFIELD MATE

Mido believes the need for versatility will not prove a problem to Hossam Ghaly.

Mido believes the need for versatility will not prove a problem to Hossam Ghaly.

Hossam was introduced into the side for the visit to Manchester United in September before injury ruled him out until a substitute appearance in the second leg of our UEFA Cup tie against Slavia Prague. He then got to make his full home debut last time out against Portsmouth.

In his two full games, Mido's Egyptian international teammate operated on the right flank, whereas against Slavia he performed in his favoured central midfield role. The striker said positional switches will not pose difficulties to the powerful middleman.

"I am not saying this because he is my friend, but Ghaly can play anywhere on the pitch except goalkeeper," stated Mido. "In the national team he has played in central defence, at right back, centre midfield, out wide, as a striker or a No.10.

"He is strong physically and very good with the ball. He still has to develop some areas of his game - he knows that - and it is not a problem."

Mido went on to reveal that he preached patience to his friend when the recruit from Feyenoord had to bide his time last season after recovering from injury.

"Ghaly is a very good player. When he wasn't playing I always spoke to him and said he had to be patient and wait for the chance to show his quality - because he has it. The problems only come if you don't have the quality.

"If you have it you will get your chance. If you look at a player like Danny Murphy, for example, he didn't play a lot last season but he is playing now because he has the quality and has done very well in the last four games."

A noticeable element of the Ghaly game is tackles - lots of them - and Mido concluded by suggesting the art is something that occupies not only the midfielder's waking hours.

"He loves to tackle - I think he does it in his sleep! He has got only one yellow card though and that is a good sign."

"I am not saying this because he is my friend, but Ghaly can play anywhere on the pitch except goalkeeper."