Steve Bruce is certainly no stranger to Ahmed Elmohamady’s qualities having coached him at three different clubs.
The Aston Villa manager signed the 30-year-old in the summer, and the right-sided player has featured in all but one of the team’s Championship games this season.
Elmohamady, who worked with Bruce at Sunderland and Hull City, has produced three assists in the league so far in the 2017-18 campaign.
The Express & Star claims that Villa paid around £1m to Hull for the Egyptian’s services in the summer, and it Bruce suggests that he feels it was money well spent.
It is clear that the former Birmingham City boss is very fond of Elmohamady, not just because of his ability on the pitch, but his personality off it.
Bruce told the Express & Star:
“He has gone from single and shy, couldn’t speak a word of English, to married, two kids. I have seen him grow up. He is a delight, a manager’s dream. The one thing about Elmo is he trains every day, doesn’t go in the gym.
“In seven or eight years I cannot remember him missing a match. He trains every day as if it is his last. He is a great pro. I brought him over when he was 22, he’s 30 now. In all that time I can count on the fingers of one hand how many days training he has missed.”
After a three-game winless run at the start of the Championship campaign, the Midlands outfit are now unbeaten in eight and have won their last four league games on the bounce.
Currently, the Villans reside seventh in the table.