Mohamed Elneny is likely to miss a chunk of the 2016/17 season following Egypt’s win over Nigeria, with his side qualifying for the African Cup of Nations ahead of the Super Eagles (via Goal).
Buying players from African teams likely to qualify for the AFCON is always a risk, as you know you’ll probably lose them for around a month in January. Elneny is quickly proving himself an important player, so it’s obviously a blow that we’re likely to be without him for a while next season.
Elneny’s side managed a 1-0 win over Nigeria, with Ramadan Sobhy getting the all important goal. Following Chad’s withdrawal from the competition Nigeria needed a win, but they were unable to overturn Egypt.
Egypt qualifying therefore comes at the expense of Alex Iwobi’s Nigeria, so at least there’s a silver lining. Iwobi has been a real star in recent weeks and looks likely to be battling for a more regular starting spot next season. We were always going to lose one player, and now that we know which one it will be, hopefully we don’t end up missing Elneny too badly.
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The former Basel midfielder has looked an excellent signing so far, and has been a godsend in the absence of a number of other midfielders. He’s developed a really solid partnership with Francis Coquelin, a partnership that we could see more consistently next season.