Egypt's World Cup player profiles: Marwan Mohsen, a classic target man

Ahram Online, Thursday 14 Jun 2018,
Marwan Mohsen

A burly forward who is quite adept at dropping deep to create space for onrushing teammates, Marwan Mohsen provides different options for manager Hector Cuper upfront.

Despite only playing a handful of games with Egyptian champions Ahly this season as he returned to action in March after a long injury lay-off, Marwan remains a favorable choice for the Argentinean coach.

Marwan remained on the sidelines for almost 14 months after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury whilst on international duty with Egypt at the African Cup of Nations in early 2017.  

He was Egypt's number one choice upfront, perfectly fitting in the role of a target man in Cuper's strategy although he could not score in the few games he played at the Nations Cup in Gabon.

However, when he suffered the serious knee injury in the 1-0 quarter-final win over Morocco, Egypt struggled without his presence.

Amid the current lack of options in the front line, Mohsen's return came at a perfect time as he seems likely to secure a starting berth at the Russia finals.

The Ahly frontman, who scored just one league goal this season, would compete for the lone forward role with Ittihad Jeddah forward Mahmoud Kahraba – who featured several times under Cuper.

With Marwan and Mahmoud 'Kahraba' available, Egypt could still lack a reliable goal-scorer in the caliber of former stars Amr Zaki and Hossam Hassan, but their presence gives Cuper a multitude of options upfront.

Mohsen, 29, has only scored four goals in 17 international appearances since making his Egypt debut in 2011.

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