Mohamed Salah joined Chelsea in the last January transfer window for 11 million from FC Basel. Perhaps it was one of the rare moments when Jose Mourinho gave a knee-jerk reaction to the sale of Juan Mata.
Whether it was a purchase to makeup numbers or not, there’s a shitload of speculation right now about his Chelsea future. Ever since he joined Chelsea he has started only 2 premier league games and most of the times he was used as a substitute for exhausted Eden Hazard or Willian in the dying minutes of the game. He has been a regular starter in cup games and till now has started all carling cup games for the blues but hasn’t impressed Mourinho to the extent to become a routine starter. Salah was recently criticized by Mourinho after his poor performance against Shrewsbury and was asked to raise his level of play.
Chelsea’s midfield is currently filled with amazing players like Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Schurrle, etc. and among these players it is very unlikely that Salah will get first team action in any major competition. Furthermore, according to latest reports Chelsea are interested in few more wingers like Marco Reus and Juan Cuadrado which would be another blow for the Egyptian. Hence, it is very unlikely that Salah would stay at Chelsea.
Before joining Chelsea, he had successful spells at Basel and El Mokawaloon where he scored 20 goals in 89 appearances combined for both clubs. Salah is well known for his lightning pace and positional awareness, he is a threat for defenders especially when he is used as a super sub as was obvious with his goals versus Arsenal in Chelsea’s 6-0 victory. It was a magnificent display of skills, pace and positioning that conjured Salah’s first Chelsea goal. The Egyptian still has the spark and more room for further development and he is still heavily scouted by a number of clubs.
EPL side Sunderland were trying to land Salah in the summer transfer window and according to reports (metro) they will try for Salah in the January window as well. This deal will be a loss for Chelsea as fee of more than 11 million will not be economical for the black cats, and hence is perhaps mere speculation.
Thus, the best thing Chelsea can do with Salah will be to add him to the loanee pit and anticipate for his further development.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi