Mido has never been the most docile of footballers. His latest antics have cost him a transfer to Turkish side Kayserispor, and after being frozen out at Middlesbrough, it is a blow to his chances of playing football this season. After hearing that Kayserispor were interested in his services, Mido took it upon himself to make an impromptu trip to visit the club’s facilities, presumably to see if they met his high standards. They did, but the club were very unhappy with the unexpected visit and their spokesman has now said the deal is off, Suleyman Hurma is quoted in the Daily Mail;
“It took Mido around two months to consider our offer which is a very long time. Now he come without invitation after buying the plane tickets himself. Mido might be a good player but he is arrogant and has serious attitude problems. We are not going to sign a player with such attitude. I hope this will be a lesson for him.”
It is perhaps no surprise that Mido has scuppered this move, but what is disappointing with his career is the sense of wasted talent that surrounds him.
In the early days of Mido’s career he was considered one of the top young prospects in Europe. After starting his career at Egypt’s Zamalek and Belgian side Gent, Mido was transferred as a teenager to Dutch giants Ajax. Here he displayed both his talent, and his challenging personality. At Ajax he averaged a goal every other game, but was frequently criticised by coach Ronald Koeman and at one point was dropped to the reserves, reportedly there was also an incident where Mido threw a pair of scissors which narrowly missed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s head. Despite his actions Mido was being linked with top clubs throughout Europe, and made a move to Marseille. It did not work out, and a year later he was plying his trade at AS Roma. Again he failed to settle, but a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur appeared to get his career back on track.
The Egyptian striker was impressive at Spurs, using his power and heading ability to cause problems for Premier League defences. He seemed to be settled, but when Spurs made the transfer permanent his form tailed off badly. He then made a move to Middlesbrough where he failed to impress, and was subsequently sent on loan to Wigan, Zamalek and West Ham all at which he struggled. Middlesbrough have made it clear they no longer want Mido, but if he repeats behaviour with regard to the Kayserispor transfer they might find it difficult to offload him.
Mido has some great attributes, he is big, strong good in the air, he can hold the ball up and at times he has shown some good finishing skills. The Egyptian is still only 27 but his career already seems dead in the water. His behaviour has not been good, amongst other misdemeanours in England he failed he once failed to report for pre-season training for a fortnight at Boro. West Ham were only willing to pay him £1,000 a week during his loan move, a sign of how he is now viewed in English football. Mido is easily young enough to get his career back on track, but he will need to radically alter his attitude if he wants to have success in his future. He does have the ability, he proved that at Spurs, whether he has the attitude, that is far more doubtful.