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Mohamed Salah: An Egyptian tale

Sunday 3rd September 2017

With the transfer window now closed, we have seen some of the biggest deals in world football. But before deadline day there were some really good purchases by many clubs. One of them being Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah. He signed with Liverpool from Roma for a fee of around £37m possibly rising to £44m.

Salah started his career back in Egypt where he played for El Mokawloon SC. After two years he signed with FC Basel located in Switzerland. He contributed to their success and earned league title's on two separate occasions. By 2014 he had left the Swiss side to join Premier League giants Chelsea. The only problem was that he wasn't featured much over two seasons. Totalling 13 appearances with one goal was not what he had in mind.

Salah's career would ignite when he joined Fiorentina on loan during the 2014/15 season. He would make 16 appearances but score six goals. Although not making a full season of appearances his goal-to-game ratio raised a few eyebrows for other clubs interested in him. The following season after returning to Chelsea he was loaned out yet again.

Roma would be the club to help his career really get kick-started. Although only a loan during the 2015-16 season the Egyptian managed 14 goals in 34 appearances. The Italian side were very keen in getting him signed permanently and did just that. A fee was agreed of £13.5m allowing him the switch to Roma.

Salah would go on to score 15 times in 31 appearances. That's an average of just under one every two games. Considering he plays as a winger that is an impressive stat. One year later Liverpool had put in an offer for him. He eventually agreed on a deal worth around £38m bringing him back to the Premier League.

With three games played this season, the 25-year-old has scored two goals already. He has showcased his abilities to the top level.  Salah isn't just a talented footballer but also a likeable character too. You can tell he plays with a passion when he has the ball at his feet.

He possesses great pace with accurate dribbling abilities but he can also finish considering he doesn't get played in a central position. He can even cross a ball pretty well too. A good example of that being against Arsenal in a 4-0 win when Salah crossed the ball in the box for Daniel Sturridge to finish.

Salah can also switch wings especially when a player like Sadio Mane is on the side. The trio of Mane, Salah and Firmino look like a Premier League threat right now and if Salah hadn't signed it could have been different for Liverpool this season. In three games Liverpool's front three have managed to score seven goals between them.

Mohamed Salah has even represented Egypt on many occasions. He has scored an impressive 29 goals in 53 appearances and is just 25-years-old. It is just another reason why Jurgen Klopp wanted him in his Premier League side. Mohamed Salah is certainly one to watch this season in the Premier League and who knows what he is capable of achieving.

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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