IMScouting’s player to watch: Emad Metab

Here at 101gg we often receive tips about new football websites. This time we might have found the holy grail.

IMScouting is an invaluable new resource aimed at football professionals (agents, scouts, general managers etc.) and fans providing the largest database of professional football players in existence. Effectively it is a website dedicated to helping you find the “next big thing” and the hottest young players in world football.

IMScouting have a “Player to watch” section highlighting some of the young up-and-coming players from around the world of football and below is a sample of how they highlight potentially tomorrow’s stars of European football.

Following the scintillating starts this season by Amr Zaki and Mido in the Premier League season, Emad Metab could well be “yet another clinical target striker from Egypt.”

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Emad Metab, 25, is a clinical striker who is establishing himself as one of the best African players around.

He burst on to the international scene when he played for Egypt at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, and scored an unbelievable goal against England. From that point on he hasn’t looked back.

He became the youngest ever goalscorer in the Egyptian league, and together with Mohamed Abu Treika and Mohamed Barakat created the most formidable triumvirate in African football, which became known as “the Bermuda triangle.”

With Metab leading  the line, Al Ahly dominated Egyptian football and collected silverware for fun, as a result Metab became a fans’ favourite. In July 2008 he was very close to completing a transfer to English club Bristol City. He passed the medical tests and waited for a work permit.

While doing so, he played a full game for Al Ahly against its hated rival, Al Zamalek, in the African Champions League. Due to his involvement in the game Bristol City cancelled the transfer, and Metab’s dream of a big move abroad was put on hold. But not for long. A week later came a rewarding offer from Saudi giants Al Ittihad Jedda, and he was loaned there for one season.

At Al Ahly, Emad’s estimated salary was $200k per year, and he extended his contract with the Egyptian giants for one more year in the summer, but in Saudi Arabia he will earn no less than $900k a year.

The huge difference in salaries is the reason many Egyptian players accept offers from the Gulf as opposed to joining European teams – the salaries in this region are extraordinarily high.

The Saudi league is due to start in a week and Emad has been in lethal form in pre-season, scoring six goals in four matches which Al Ittihad played in its training camp in Doha, the capital of the state of Qatar.

Metab is a very strong target striker with great movement off the ball and like any clinical striker has good positioning. His finishing could still be improved but he is very strong with his right foot and he is good in the air. According to the IMScouting database, Metab’s estimated market value is just over three million dollars.

Recently Metab has been linked with a move to English side Everton, but he dismissed those rumors and will stay at Jeddah, at least until January. Whilst he could have been an important player for Bristol City in the Championship, he has enough quality to play in the top division in England.

His physical power and mobility make him a perfect candidate for the English Premier League, and he’s waiting for the next big leap in his career. Following compatriot Amr Zaki’s successful acclimatisation to the Premier League with Wigan, it seems only a matter of time until Metab will show his abilities on the biggest stage in the world.

Video evidence of Emad Metab can be seen here.