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Mohsni's Best Position? No Idea!
Friday, 30th Nov 2012 09:00

Mick McCarthy admits that he doesn’t yet know loanee Bilel Mohsni’s best position. The Southend man, who has made five substitute appearances for the Blues during his three-month spell, was primarily a central defender with the Shrimpers but has also operated up front and in midfield.

McCarthy said: “I don’t know! You’re asking me something I don’t know and I haven’t found anyone else who actually knows. Billy doesn’t know himself!”

The French-Tunisian was the unlucky sixth domestic loanee left out of the squad for Tuesday’s game against Nottingham Forest but McCarthy says there are no thoughts about sending him back to Roots Hall: “He’s got to hang around until anything changes because he’s here until January. There’s nothing going to happen on that.

“We might get an injury to some of the loan players and he might have to be involved. Sadly, that’s the position we’re in, we’ve got those loan players and he has to miss out.”

Meanwhile, left-back Kelly Youga, who joined the Blues on a short-term deal recently, was involved in a practice match at Playford Road on Wednesday: “He’s doing all right," said his manager.

"He’s had a long-term injury. We had a bit of a game here yesterday amongst the players and he did OK.

“But that’s a shot in the dark, just a punt. If he gets himself fully fit and he can play, he will be an option. If he doesn’t, it’ll be nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Town are without an U21 game in which fringe players such as Mohsni and Youga can play – three overage outfielders plus a keeper are permitted – until they visit Charlton on January 14th and McCarthy says the club will be arranging some friendlies between now and then.

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taylor15 added 09:07 - Nov 30
love MM. just puts it how it is, and it's just what we need. COYB!
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Bergholtblue added 09:54 - Nov 30
Leave out Henderson and that releases another loan slot. (Although to be fair he did have a good game Tuesday)
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i_like_that_bolder added 10:00 - Nov 30
Unusual situation but an interesting one, utility players can be pretty valuable
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ebitfc added 10:00 - Nov 30
His best position is probably somewhere back in the Southend team.
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ericclacton added 11:21 - Nov 30
Mohsni might be a closet keeper, who knows.
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mad_mohsni added 11:25 - Nov 30
Shame I really think if the club was in another position he would get his chance and I do feel from what I've seen of him in the past he would be a very useful player!
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pazelle added 11:33 - Nov 30
Chuck him on!
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Marcus added 11:51 - Nov 30
I guess he needs to impress a bit more on the training pitch. He's looked fired up when he comes on from the bench but also looks as a risk player for taking an early bath. A bit like a rough cut version of Micky Stockwell.
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blueherts added 12:15 - Nov 30
A Utility player !!! maybe - I have never seem him play - just warm up and pre match - Possibly at the back maybe the only place he could get in with injuries - Higgi has lost confidence and form and if Chambers or Smith got injured would need some cover ?
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BlueVelvet added 12:31 - Nov 30
Reading between the lines of what MM says I reckon BM is not in MM's plans but contracturally can't send him back to Southend until jan
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ChrisMakin2012 added 12:38 - Nov 30
Get rid...
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Sebastian added 12:42 - Nov 30
I've had two cult favorites recently, Sonko and Mohsni. Was sad to see Sonko go, and most likely the same thing will happen to Mohsni in january. I think he would be good for us, really good.
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Fatboy added 13:26 - Nov 30
In the old days of one sub he'd have been priceless.
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Seasider added 15:03 - Nov 30
Would like to see him get a bit more time on pitch.Understand he played at the back against Walsham-le-Willows and looked keen when making first team cameo performances;would be a pity ifhe didn't get a bit more game time to prove himself
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itfcjc added 15:52 - Nov 30
That picture of him sums him up in one
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RaymondovicBlue added 16:04 - Nov 30
itfcjc ... looks like he is trying to sum himself up in two !!

SURELY - if the guy needs to perform better in training to get into the team then he himself has to tell the manager which position he wants a shot at ... so as to try to force the issue ..... just a thought?
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francisb123 added 16:32 - Nov 30
bring him on upfront instead of chopra, cant be any worse
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TimmyH added 19:43 - Nov 30
Well we want ever know what his best position is until we actually play him, what's the point of getting him on loan?
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bluemingood added 20:19 - Nov 30
Bohsni is as big as the management controlling him , as we all are! You fit in or you don"t. Nothing to do with ability!
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warbeat78 added 07:59 - Dec 1
I read a post on hear somewhere,saying he is a very powerful header of the ball and that he has quite good mobility and reasonable ball control for the big lump that he is ,agreeing with (TimmyH) on what was the point of the loan would like to see at least half a game or more from him i have this feeling he might impress.
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