Mohamed Elneny

Bradley: Elneny not just a midfield destroyer

Published On 22/01/2016 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Egypt, Europe, Latest News, Premier League, Top Stories

Former Egypt coach Bob Bradley believes new Arsenal signing Mohamed Elneny is more than just a midfield destroyer.

The American was in charge of the Pharaohs between 2011 and 2013, with Elneny making his senior debut days before his appointment.

Elneny has been touted by many as a direct replacement in the absence of injured defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin but Bradley believes he can also offer the Gunners an attacking threat.

“He is an all-round midfielder capable of playing different roles,” Bradley told NBC Sports’s Pro Soccer Talk. “He reads the game, he moves well and he can play a little bit deeper.

“He’s an all-round midfielder who can play deeper when needed, he can move forward and shoot from distance but he’s not just a guy who stays in there and breaks up plays.

Bradley backed Elneny to adjust to the pace of the Premier League and believes the Egyptian’s consistent application on the training ground has enabled him to rise to an elite level

“It is an adjustment for anybody but I think that his experience of playing against Premier League teams in the Champions League and Europa League is going to help,” he added.

“When Elneny started he was still young, he was only 19, but you could see that he trained really well every day,” Bradley explained.

“In training he was improving technically. You could tell how he worked and how he wanted to get better. Little by little he became an important part of our team.”

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