Mido will lead from front
Mido has vowed to lead by example after opening his Middlesbrough account in the victory over Fulham.
Last Updated: 20/08/07 12:34pm
Mido has vowed he will continue to lead by example after helping Middlesbrough to their first victory of the new Barclays Premier League season with a goal on his debut at Fulham.
The much-travelled Egyptian striker, who was playing his first game since April, levelled for Gareth Southgate's side in the 55th minute at Craven Cottage with the help of Tony Warner's howler.
Lee Cattermole then grabbed a late winner for Boro as they hit back to claim the three points following Brian McBride's first-half opener for Fulham.
And the £6million signing from Tottenham Hotspur is more than happy to act as a guiding light to the club's younger players with senior stars such as Jonathan Woodgate sidelined through injury.
"I believe the football player who wants to hide doesn't deserve to play football," he said.
"I will never hide - that is my character, that is how I was brought up. I take responsibility and sometimes you do well, sometimes not.
"Everyone was a leader against Fulham, even the young lads. They were fighting for every ball and they were talking. But they needed someone to lift them up and I helped do that."
Mido's willingness to start despite his lack of fitness was welcomed by Southgate, whose initial reluctance to select him was dispelled as soon as he saw the 24-year-old's enthusiasm in training.
"When I discussed the idea of playing Mido with the medical team on Friday their faces were a picture," said Southgate.
"He's had no pre-season, he's hardly trained for the last couple of weeks and he's not had a game for five months. All the scientific impressions were that we'd be mad to play him.
"I thought about playing him off the bench but I just felt he would give us that presence he's brought into the club since he's been here.
"He's an intelligent man and he's got a drive and a desire to play. He's already made a big difference in the dressing room.
"We've got a young dressing room and while he's still young, he's a bit worldly wise because he's obviously travelled around and he's confident.
"He's got more belief in some of our players that they've got in themselves. That side of his character will be great for us."