Sturrock excited by Mohsni potential
Southend manager Paul Sturrock is looking forward to seeing Bilel Mohsni make more headlines on the pitch than off it.
The Moroccan scored a quick-fire hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Barnet on Friday to underline his playing ability, but he has also courted controversy this season. He caught a train home from Morecambe after asking to be substituted during the 1-0 defeat there in February and was also reported to have been involved in a training ground bust-up. The versatile 24-year-old has also been sent off twice and picked up 10 yellow cards, causing Sturrock to issue him with a last warning back in December. Sturrock told BBC Essex: "We don't want the other Bilel. I don't think anybody wants the other one." Mohsni has been employed in a number of positions this season and played on the wing against Barnet, earning plaudits from his boss. "He is playing in an alien position. It's hard work because he's got to be back defending and then he's got to be up at the back post at the other end," Sturrock added. "He's committed to that role, he's tempered himself very well so far and I'm very pleased with him."