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- Samy was born in Wolverhampton, and began his youth career with Wolves before turning pro with Port Vale.
- He made his senior debut in 2010 and won the club’s young player of the year award in his first two campaigns at Vale Park.
- Establishing himself in the first team picture, Sam helped Vale secure promotion from League Two in 2012/13.
- Moving to Chesterfield in July 2013, he featured in the final of the 2014 Football League Trophy (up against a certain Britt Assombalonga for Peterborough United) as well as lifting the League Two title with the club in his first season. Sam was named the club’s player of the year.
- Sam captained Chesterfield to the League One Play-Offs in 2014/15 before moving to Wigan Athletic in January 2016, where he was once more a promotion winner - the Latics were League One champions in 2015/16.
- After spending the first half of the 2016/17 on loan at Barnsley, Sam returned to the DW Stadium and became captain under Paul Cook. A hugely successful 2017/18 campaign followed, when Wigan were once again League One champions as well as making a splash in the FA Cup, knocking out top flight sides Bournemouth, West Ham United and Manchester City en route to the quarter finals.
- Last season saw Sam nominated for Championship player of the month for February 2020, scoring two goals including the winner against West Brom.
- The Latics were relegated at the end of the 2019/20 campaign after receiving a 12-point deduction for entering administration. The side’s battling spirit earned a place in the hears of Wigan fans, though, as well as admirers up and down the country. Sam was named as the club’s player of the year with 42% of the fans’ vote.
- Sam qualifies as an Egyptian international through his father.
- He made his international debut in August 2016 in a 1-1 draw with Guinea. He travelled with the Pharaohs in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and made his World Cup debut as a substitute against Uruguay.