If you want a goal, give Gedo a call: Why Hull City striker has provided 'missing spark'
IN A fortnight that has seen a heartening fire re-ignited beneath Hull City's promotion drive, the "missing spark" has come from one man.
Three goals in three games have made deadline-day loan signing Gedo an instant hit at the KC Stadium and rapidly installed him as City's attacking talisman in the last push for the Premier League.
Decisive strikes against Derby County, Charlton Athletic and Blackburn Rovers made a steady week on home soil a spectacular one.
Should Gedo continue his hot streak when the Tigers head to Bolton Wanderers this afternoon, he will become the first City player to score in four consecutive games since Stuart Elliott was lighting up League One in January 2005.
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Not bad for a striker who had never played domestic football outside Egypt until his City debut in a 1-0 defeat at Brighton two weeks ago.
"He's made a big difference, his goalscoring would tell you that," said assistant manager Steve Agnew.
"Like any striker that's scoring goals regularly, you can see the confidence in him.
"And any player that's confident will always add to the group. He's been the missing spark over the last few games that have helped us win three important home games."
Without Gedo's goal-scoring influence, the Tigers could well have been four points worse off as they head to Bolton this afternoon. Their secure grip on second spot in the Championship would have loosened with a fall to fourth.
Manager Steve Bruce anticipates an inevitable end to Gedo's rampant form in front of goal sooner rather than later.
But Agnew says the 27-year-old's fitness levels are giving him every chance to maintain his sky-high standards in the last 13 games.
"He's been terrific and you can see from his stats how hard he's worked," he added.
"The intensity of his running speaks volumes and he just appears to be a fit boy. There's maybe a little stiffness after three quick games but he assures us he'll be ready to go again.
"All the Egyptian lads are a durable sort. They're fit, athletic and they look after themselves."
Gedo, signed on loan from Al Ahly until the summer, has not been the only Egyptian shining in black and amber.
Two goals from countryman Ahmed Elmohamady mean that City's last five goals have all originated from North Africa, inspiring an army of fez-wearing fans to descend on the Reebok Stadium today.
There they will hunt a fourth consecutive win and fifth inside a month that has dragged the season emphatically back on track after a difficult January.
While City require a draw to be sure of starting March in second spot, their hosts are in need of points for very different reasons.
A four-point cushion above the Championship's bottom three ensures it is not just Wolves who fear a second consecutive relegation.
Beaten 3-1 at the KC Stadium on September 1, the first victim of City's tactical renaissance, Bolton have endured a grim season both under the axed Owen Coyle and successor Dougie Freedman.
Three games unbeaten has brought a crawl towards Championship safety, but Agnew is still alert to the dangers they pose.
"They've had a change of manager and whenever clubs do that, rightly or wrongly, it does affect players and the whole club," he explained. "There's a transitional period, sometimes it can be positive and sometimes negative.
"But I suppose a team that's been relegated out of the Premier League, you'd expect them to contest at the top end of the league.
"That makes it surprising to see Bolton where they are but nonetheless it'll be a very tough fixture. They have an abundance of talent."