On 2nd February 2015, a certain dejected 22-year old Egyptian was on his way out of west London and was heading to Florence, he had been told his time at Stamford Bridge was over. The young Egyptian was given his marching orders and was loaned to Fiorentina just 12 months after his arrival at Chelsea.
Mohamed Salah headed towards Italy, with an ambition, a hunger to prove his mettle. What followed, has been one of football’s great stories.
“It was always on my mind to perform the best I can. I had two great seasons in Rome but it was always in my mind to come back to the Premier League to show the people who said I wasn’t a success the first time. It was always in my mind to become a success in the Premier League.”– Mohammed Salah to Sky Sports.
May 2018, Mohamed Salah finishes his first Premier League season for Liverpool with, 32 goals, 10 assists, the Premier League Golden Boot and The PFA Player of the year to name a few of the 35 Individual honors won by the Liverpool Forward. It’s safe to say that the Chelsea Board will be kicking themselves at the sight of Salah running down the wing and terrorizing Premier League defenders.
In a Premier League season that has seen so many records being broken, it’s highly unlikely that Salah’s name won’t pop up.
Here are Some of the records broken by Liverpool’s “Egyptian King”:
1. 32 goals in a Single Premier League Season (38-game Season) Surpassing the 31 goal record held by Ronaldo and Suarez
2. Scored against 17 different oppositions and found the net in 24 separate Premier League games.
3. Only Player to win Premier League Player of the Month, 3 times in one season, November, February, and March.
4. Most Goals for a Liverpool Player in their debut season, with 44 goals surpassing Fernando Torres’s 33 goal campaign in the 2007-08 season.
5. First African player to score 30 goals in a Premier League season.
6. Only the 5th player after Andrew Cole, Alan Shearer, Thiery Henry and Luis Suarez to breach the 40 plus combined Goals and Assist mark.
In addition, Salah’s 5 goals in the World Cup qualifiers virtually bought Egypt a ticket to the world cup for the first time since 1990 and an elusive Champions League medal still on the cards, Salah could very well finish the season as the best player in the world.
It’s too early to say but Messi and Ronaldo may have found their competitor.