West Bromwich Albion coach Alan Pardew said on Fiday he is ready to depend on his new signing, Ali Gabr, insisting that the Egyptian international could form a benefical partenership with the team's central defender and countryman Ahmed Hegazi.
Ali secured a work permit Wednesday, making him eligible to start for the British side in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.
"Ali has played with Ahmed a few times for the national side. They know each other very well," Pardew was quoted as saying by the club's official website Friday.
"Ahmed helped him settle in and he came to Barcelona (in a training camp) and trained well," the coach added.
The 29-year-old Gabr joined Bromwich in the January transfer window on loan from Egypt's Zamalek until the end of the season with an option to make the deal permanent.
Hegazi has produced a string of superb displays with West Bromwich since joining from Cairo giants Ahly last summer.
West Bromwich are struggling in the Premier League this season. They lie at the bottom of the league table with 20 points from 27 games.
Gabr has made 18 international appearances since making his debut with the Pharaohs in 2014. He was part of the Egyptian squad that has reached the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 28-year absence.
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