22-year-old Egyptian international Mohamed Salah had the knack of scoring against Chelsea whenever he faced them. He scored at Stamford Bridge in the Europa League semi-final in 2013. Next year he scored in both legs of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Known for his pace, flair, ball control and ability to beat opponents one-on-one, Jose Mourinho thought he would be a proper fit at Chelsea, especially after selling out-of-favour midfielder Juan Mata to Manchester United. With Liverpool also interested, Chelsea quickly sealed the deal with a fee of around 11 million pounds in the January transfer window of 2014.
In his first season, Salah scored twice, once as a substitute in the 6-0 demolition of Arsenal and another against Stoke City. This season, with the arrival of Cesc Fabregas, and consistent performances by Willian, appearances have been hard to come by for the young winger. With only one appearance this season, that too against League Two outfit Shrewsbury Town in a Capital One Cup fixture, Salah looks to have fallen down the pecking order.
Moreover, in that particular match, Salah was immensely criticized by Jose Mourinho for his tepid performance. He played only the first 45 minutes, where he was mostly ineffective and had to see a couple of his long range efforts sail away well off target. Speaking of Salah, Mourinho said:
“If players that played 90 minutes two days ago were fantastic, I expect people who are not playing a lot to raise the level to create me problems. I love problems of choices, and it is easy to choose my team for Saturday.”
It has been reported that the Chelsea hierarchy have decided to let Mohamed Salah leave in January , with both AC Milan and Inter Milan keen on signing the winger. Salah himself is supposedly unhappy with the lack of chances at Stamford Bridge and is not ready to play a bit-part role at the club. With a record profit of 18 million pounds, Chelsea will probably be looking at new big signings come January and with Jose Mourinho eager to sign Marco Reus, the exit door for Salah looks extremely likely.
Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni