Mido was Ghaly inspiration
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mido maintained Hossam Ghaly's spirits up prior to his Spurs breakthrough.
Mido has revealed he kept Tottenham colleague Hossam Ghaly in high spirits prior to his Spurs breakthrough.
The former Feyenoord midfielder played no part in any of the club's first three Premiership matches before being brought in against Manchester United.
Ghaly was impatient for a chance to show the White Hart Lane faithful what he could do and Mido was on hand to ensure his compatriot's eagerness did not turn into frustration.
Mido believes Ghaly's versatility will be a plus to Martin Jol's side and, given time, will begin to show his true potential.
"When he wasn't playing I always spoke to him and said he had to be patient and wait for the chance to show his quality - because he has it. The problems only come if you don't have the quality," explained Mido.
"If you have it you will get your chance. If you look at a player like Danny Murphy, for example, he didn't play a lot last season but he is playing now because he has the quality and has done very well in the last four games.
"I am not saying this because he is my friend, but Ghaly can play anywhere on the pitch except goalkeeper.
"In the national team he has played in central defence, at right back, centre midfield, out wide, or as a striker.
"He is strong physically and very good with the ball. He still has to develop some areas of his game - he knows that - and it is not a problem."