Omar Abdulrahman of Al-Ain.
A tricky little player, Omar Abdulrahman first came to my notice during the Summer Olympics, when he was far and away the best player on a pitch also featuring Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Gaston Ramirez. Playing for the UAE Under 23 side, Abdulrahman operated on the right, cutting inside and crafting all of the play going forward. Both Micah Richards and Ryan Giggs were impressed with his play, having faced him in Great Britain’s match. Amoory, as he is commonly known, played a glorious pass that set up the UAE’s goal, which is part of the ‘touches’ package shown below (yes, I am loath to judge people based on highlights packages, you end up with the Da Costas of this world, but I saw him live and remember thinking how good he was):
Okay, maybe loaning him immediately is a step-too-far, but he’s clearly hoping to expose himself on an English stage, having had a trial with Manchester City over the summer. It would not be ridiculous to suggest he’d be open to a similar arrangement to Habib Habibou, where a trial led to a loan deal until the end of the season. Tell his agent it is an opportunity for him to impress and possibly, in the long-run, earn a permanent move here. For us, we’d get the short-term benefit of having him play.
Plus he’s already had the honour of wearing the glorious Macron white (not for Leeds, admittedly):
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