Egypt's newly-capped midfielder Sam Morsy joins Barnsley on loan

Ahram Online , Wednesday 31 Aug 2016

Sam Morsy
Egypt’s Sam Morsy (L) vies for the ball with Guinea’s Guy Michel Landel (L) during the friendly football match between Egypt and Guinea at the Borg El-Arab stadium near Alexandria on August 30, 2016 (AFP)

Egypt's newly-capped midfielder Sam Morsy has completed a loan move to Barnsley from fellow English Championship club Wigan Athletic.

Barnsley said on Wednesday that Morsy joined the club until the end of the season.

"Sam is a fantastic signing and he is a player that will go far in the game," Barnsley coach Paul Heckingbottom told the club's official website.

"His experience at such a young age shows just how highly he is valued. To have played over 150 senior matches at the age of 24 will stand him in good stead during his time with us.

"We were a bit short in midfield so to bring in someone with Sam's ability is fantastic. He is certainly not shy of a tackle and has a track record of scoring some important goals too. I'd like to thank Wigan Athletic for letting him join us on loan."

The 24-year-old, who does not speak Arabic, was born in England to an Egyptian father.

He was given the Egyptian citizenship earlier this week and made his Egypt debut in Tuesday's 1-1 friendly draw  with Guinea in Alexandria as part of the Pharaohs' preparations for their World Cup qualifying campaign, which begins in October.

Morsy becomes the second Egyptian to play for Barnsley after former striker Mido, who ended his nomadic career with the club in 2013.

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