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Qatar 2022: Preview: Analysing Hannibal Mejbri’s prospects for Tunisia

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The 19-year-old Tunisian international has had a blistering season, establishing himself as an integral part of Birmingham City’s midfield. Since he joined them on loan from his parent club, Manchester United, he has earned the admiration and some caution for his all-action, relentless, and combative style.

“He plays on the edge,” says his manager, John Eustace “that’s why he’s so good, a top player. I am certainly not going to stop him doing what he does but he has to realize the importance of managing the games at times.”

Hannibal has racked up 23 fouls this season, third among all Birmingham players but has also drawn 28 fouls (2nd most in his team). Despite his slim frame, he has shown a willingness to embrace physical contact and is often in the midst of tackles and duels.

By his admission, “Everyone told me the Championship is physical, and as you can see I am not the biggest guy, but I can manage to win some duels and win some fouls. It is hard, but I will get used to it.”

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