Mido - I can replace Heskey
Wigan new boy Mido is confident he can replace Emile Heskey at the JJB Stadium.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 27/01/09 4:07pm
Wigan new boy Mido is confident he can replace Emile Heskey at the JJB Stadium before expressing a desire to make his loan move permanent.
The striker signed last week on loan until the end of the season from Middlesbrough just as Heskey was putting the finishing touches to his Aston Villa deal.
Mido found himself down the pecking order at the Riverside with fellow strikers Afonso Alves and Tuncay Sanli preferred in attack.
The Egyptian international rates former Leicester and Liverpool striker Heskey highly and insists he will do his best to fill the void he has created since rejoining Martin O'Neill for £3.5million.
"He is top class. He is the best target man in England," Mido told Sky Sports News.
"I think my game is in a way similar to his as a target man. All I can say is I will try my best.
"I want to work very hard until the end of the season. I want to make this permanent in the summer."
Mido also insisted that it was not a hard decision to join the club and has no regrets in leaving Boro, who signed him for £6million in 2007 from Tottenham.
"It was an easy decision. I needed to be somewhere, where I could play football," he added.
"I needed to work with someone like Steve Bruce. I think I made the right choice. He knows exactly what I want and I know exactly what he wants.
"I want to play football and I am desperate to do well. So far it has been brilliant, the sessions have been sharp.
"I have no regrets you just make decisions in football. Middlesbrough are a good club, I have got a lot of friends there but I just need to play football.
"I was a little bit unlucky at Middlesbrough with injuries but people forget that the truth is I played 32 games and scored seven goals that's not a bad percentage."
Mido could make his debut against Liverpool at the JJB Stadium on Wednesday.