Friday, August 17, 2007
Middlesbrough have completed the signing of our striker Mido in a £6m deal.The 24-year-old Egyptian international has put pen to paper on a four-year contract at the Riverside. 'Boro manager Gareath Southgate told his club's official website: "He is someone I played against as a player and he always impressed me."He gave me a hard game and he certainly has attributes I'd like to bring into the team to give us different options."When you've got one of the best crossers of the balls in the league in Stewart Downing, you want someone like Mido who can head the ball."You want a centre-forward to hold the ball up, to be a physical presence and to score goals. Mido brings all of those attributes."He added: "Mido is a player I believe possibly has a point to prove. He is a player of great ability, a strong player and a big character - someone who can lead from the front."He's got good technical ability and he's a goalscorer. He has proved that in his career in Holland and France and at Tottenham."He has got a desire to come here and score goals, and that is an important thing for any team."In terms of the squad, we needed another striker and he will give us different options. He's very good in the air, and that will be an important contribution."We have got some very good players here, players of great character and big reputation."That's one of the reasons we were able to attract Mido to come here. We need strength in depth and I feel we need four strikers to provide competition for places."
We wish Mido all the luck with his new team.