Omar Abdulrahman Is not a familiar name to most football fans.
In fact, the attacking midfielder with the feet of a magician isn’t big in any of the Countries that are thought of as footballing royalty.
He currently plays for the Saudi professional side Al-Hilal, and in the UAE national football team.
At 27, you would expect his ship may have already set sail but the talented, quick thinking dribbler has all the skills to fit into a top European side and at just around £4 million, he represents amazing value for money.
He looks like a Guendouzi clone and like the Frenchman, he has great presence of mind, intelligence and vision. His passing ability is sublime over long or short distances but it’s his desire that stands out. Probing forward, pushing the defence back and opening up the space for others to profit from.
His has a list of admirers include Ryan Giggs and Luis Suarez and others have gone on record to recognise he brilliance
“He’s the best player in Asia. A special player. A great player.” – Croatia coach and former Al Ain manager Zlatko Dalic
“He’s just got that arrogance about him. The cheekiness to try and nutmeg and he’s a very quick thinker.” – Australia defender Trent Sainsbury
“A very good player, a very good talent. It’s important for him, for Arab players, for the country also [to play abroad]. Omar can be a pioneer and make it easier for other to follow.” – Xavi Hernandez.
Yet, he continues to play in the UAE, perhaps because the right offer hasn’t come along or perhaps because he is content in his own backyard.There may be another reason, he currently earns a reported £75,000 a week – tax free with additional bonuses and “gifts” from the club’s benefactors and its thought that his employers, who are extremely wealthy, are unwilling to lose their biggest star.
Now you may say that he plays in an inferior league and it doesn’t take much to stand out with that level of competition.
Point taken but you can see his obvious talent and what he has to offer. Wouldn’t you be a little bit curious to see him in an Arsenal shirt ?
I’m no Sven Mislintat but this guy is a gem and if he could be prized away, I’d be delighted to see him lighting up the Emirates on a freezing cold Monday evening.