Salah To Hammer The Record?
The man is everywhere, Tv, Radio, all over our social media, and the most common place to find the Liverpool starlet is at the corner flag celebrating another goal. When the Egyptian first arrived in the Premier league, his career didn’t begin with a cluster of goals, if anything it was far from it. The journey started in South London when Chelsea and Fc Basel agreed on a £15 Million transfer for the winger in 2014.
Salah’s introduction to English Football in his first season was nothing like how we see the Premier League top scorer today. He accumulated a unconvincing total of 2 goals in his first campaign under Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea boss clearly lacked confidence in his new signing, having only played him ten times the whole of the season. Shortly after the 14/15 campaign ended, Salah was sent out on loan to Serie A side, Fiorentina. He remained on loan in Italy for a few years, eventually signing for AS Roma in the Summer of 2016, after a previous loan spell at the club.
The forwards reputation over seas was growing rapidly. He was beginning to show a consistent form in matches with a heap of goals to follow. From just two seasons at Roma, he scored a whopping 34 goals. Remarkable for any player however, it was especially noticeable considering Salah is a winger. Only the likes of Leo Messi and Ronaldo were scoring this many goals from wide positions, and they had been doing it for years.
Now that he had set the scene, big clubs were circling the 24 year old, all eager to sign him up. Out of the contenders, Salah decided that Merseyside would be his new home. Jurgen Klopp was delighted to have such a technically gifted player in his Liverpool side, something they had lacked in previous years. Liverpool did have talent in their side with the likes of Phillipe Coutinho running the show in midfield and Sadio Mane up front always hungry for goals. Nonetheless, the Salah transfer seemed to fit all the pieces together and the Reds looked to be able to compete at the top of the table in the Premier League.
When arriving back in England, there was no settling in, Salah got down to business the moment he wore the Liverpool crest. Netting in three of his first five games, more than he scored in his entire career at Chelsea. His spot in the side was more than secure, especially more so when Coutinho ditched Merseyside in a ‘dream transfer’ to Barcelona. Salah saw this as an opportunity to be the lead man in Klopp’s side. Now we are half way through March he is exactly that. With 8 games remaining he currently has 28 goals, only six short of the record. If his form continues he has a real shot at making history in the Premier League. Something which seemed unlikely upon his arrival in England in 2014.