Egyptian-Canadian forward Omar Marmoush made a big impression on his VfB Stuttgart debut. - © imago
Egyptian-Canadian forward Omar Marmoush made a big impression on his VfB Stuttgart debut. - © imago
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Omar Marmoush: Who is VfB Stuttgart's Egyptian striker with links to Mo Salah and Alphonso Davies?

Omar Marmoush belongs to Wolfsburg, scored a Bundesliga debut goal for VfB Stuttgart, is a friend of Mohamed Salah and could also have played alongside Alphonso Davies. Confused? Allow bundesliga.com to fill in the blanks...

Omar Marmoush

Age: 22
Club: VfB Stuttgart (on loan from Wolfsburg)
Position: Forward
Country: Egypt (1 cap, 1 goal)/Canada

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Marmoush walked like an Egyptian from Wolfsburg to Stuttgart on summer 2021 deadline day, with 12 first-team appearances under his belt. He got his first taste of the Bundesliga in May 2020, as reward for his nine goals in 15 outings for the reserve team in the 2019/20 Regionalliga Nord (fourth on the German football pyramid).

Marmoush also has the experience of 21 Bundesliga 2 appearances. The 6'0 Egypt U23 international spent the 2020/21 season on loan at St. Pauli, making 19 starts. He wrote his name in hero-glyphics with goal-and-assist showings against Nuremberg and Eintracht Braunschweig, whilst scoring in successive matches twice and seven times all told.

Marmoush (l.) scored the winning goal on his senior debut for Egypt alongside Mo Salah (r.). - Mohamed Asad via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Xinhua

In contrast, Marmoush needed just 88 minutes to open his Stuttgart account. It was one of two shots he landed on target from six debut attempts. The ex-Wadi Degla right-footer left more than a few Eintracht Frankfurt players needing a Cairo-practor to boot, with a robust defensive effort totalling 23 challenges won. One of the performances that saw him voted Rookie of the Month for September. With Crytopcurrency strictly off the table, he's scheduled to return to Mummy club Wolfsburg at the end of 2021/22, having now earned the title of Pharaoh by becoming a full Egypt international and scoring the winning goal on his debut in the 1-0 win over Libya in October.

Watch: Marmoush reflects on his first Bundesliga goal

Plays a bit like: Andrej Kramaric

Although a centre-forward by trade and not shy of a shot, having averaged two per game over his first six appearances of 2021/22, the Cairo native often finds himself moved into wide attacking positions. Admittedly eight years his junior, Marmoush has an extra yard of pace on the Kramaric we know now, but we've seen the Hoffenheim forward play everywhere across the front line to great effect. A role we're already seeing Marmoush fulfill now.

Did you know?

Marmoush has only just received his first senior international cap, but was previously already in regular contact with the poster boy of Egyptian football, Liverpool forward Salah.

"We're in touch. The contact between the Egyptian players in Europe is very good," he told the St. Pauli website when quizzed on the two-time African Player of the Year. "We try to support each other because we know it isn't easy to make the transition to Europe."

That being said, as a Canadian citizen - his parents worked in Canada for six years and have Canadian passports - Marmoush could also have lined up in the same national team as Bayern Munich left-back Davies instead.

The red of Egypt and Mo Salah (pictured) or Canada and Alphonso Davies? That's the question Marmoush faced when picking who to represent internationally. - imago

What they're saying

"Over the past year, Omar has come on in leaps and bounds with good performances in the U23s, and that has seen him dip his toes into the Bundesliga and with the senior squad. Now he needs to gradually get used to playing at Bundesliga level, so that he can take it to the next step." - Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schäfer

"Omar is a fantastic fit for us. His qualites and versatility make him a great addition to our squad." - Stuttgart spoting director Sven Mislintat