West Ham have been shedding the dead wood from their playing squad since Gianfranco Zola’s departure ahead of new man Avram Grant’s arrival. The club won’t continue any interest in on-loan Middlesbrough forward Mido after he failed to score in his paltry nine appearances for the Upton Park outfit.
I think it is about time Mido accepted he is not good enough for the Premier League as it just isn’t for him. The Egyptian has played for a host of Prem clubs such as Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Wigan and most recently the Hammers.
Mido had enough about him to attract the attention of Tottenham in the first place and did pretty well whilst he was on loan to the north London club from Roma in 2005. He was signed on an 18-month loan deal and initially impressed scoring three goals in eleven appearances in 2004/05 season and 11 in 27 appearances the following season, which was enough for then manager Martin Jol to sign him on a permanent deal for around £5.6 million.
It all started going wrong from there and the player showed his true colours as a poor professional. Jol described him as being “irresponsible and disrespectful” when Mido claimed that former Spurs player Sol Campbell was the easiest defender he had ever played against whilst the former England defender was playing for Portsmouth.
Well, Mido must have been one of the easiest forwards for the Premier League defenders to face as the 27-year-old only managed to score 14 goals in 76 games (in all competitions) from 2006/07 to 2009/10 whilst plying his trade in England’s top flight.
It’s not just at club level the player has had problems either as he clashed with his coaches at an international level also. Marco Tardelli was the first to have problems with the forward and dropped him from his squad in 2004 after the player played a friendly for Roma, despite ruling himself out of international duty due to injury. After Tardelli was sacked the Egyptian FA made Mido publicly apologise for his actions before he was allowed back into the team. He also had a bust-up with Hassan Shehata after Mido reacted poorly to being substituted in the 2006 African Cup of Nations semi final against Senegal…even though the guy that came on for him Amir Zaki scored with his first touch and put Egypt into the final. Although he patched things up with Shehata he was handed a six-month suspension.
It is doubtful that anybody should take their chance on such a character again in the Premier League as he has an awful attitude and lacks the ambition to make it at the top level in England.
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