Brown - Zaki on a mission
Phil Brown has described Amr Zaki as 'a man on a mission' after the striker joined up with the Hull.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 22/01/10 11:20am
Phil Brown has described Amr Zaki as 'a man on a mission' after the striker joined up with the Hull City squad this week.
The Egyptian international has joined the Tigers on a four-month loan from Zamalek and the Hull manager is encouraged by what he has seen so far in training.
The 26-year-old has been out of action for seven weeks with a hamstring injury, forcing him out of the African Cup of Nations, and will miss the Manchester United clash on Saturday.
But Brown is confident Zaki can reproduce the form that saw him score 10 Premier League goals by Christmas during his loan spell with Wigan last term and overshadow his ill-discipline that eventually scuppered any permanent transfer with the Latics.
"The lad seems determined to put right the wrongs that have been said about him," Brown told The Hull Daily Mail.
Point to prove
"He seems like a man on a mission. You get the impression that he wants to prove a point to people.
"If that manifests itself in him scoring goals to keep Hull City in the Premier League, then I'll be a happy man."
Brown also pinpointed the vital clash with Wolves a week on Saturday as the game in which he could hand Zaki his Tigers debut.
"He's low on fitness after a hamstring injury and we will need to work hard over the next couple of weeks to bring him up to speed.
"We hope to see him as bench material for the Wolves game but he has to understand and buy into the collective work ethic of the group.
"We saw what we could do in a short space of time with Wigan and if he can get himself in peak condition, we believe he'll score goals."