As Chelsea slump to their second defeat in three games, Blues’ fans will be looking for every positive they can get. One such positive might be newly signed Mohammed Salah. Speaking about the young Egyptian, veteran midfielder Frank Lampard has praised his maturity:
“It’s been a bit of a settling in period for Salah, particularly having joined midway through the season, that’s not easy,”
“It’s a different style of football and a different physical side of the game, but you can see the maturity he’s shown and we’ve all seen that in training,”
With a string of promising performances and a goal in his substitute appearance against Arsenal, the winger has got off to a flying start to his Chelsea career. Salah’s introduction to the squad re-enforces an already formidable attacking line up for Jose Mourinho to choose from. With Eden Hazard and Oscar generally being considered locked first choice options, Salah will look to pressure Willian and Andre Schurrle for regular first team football.
Salah began his professional career at just 17, and after 2 successful years in the Egyptian Premier League, was snapped up by regular Champions League competitors Basel. In this year’s competition, Chelsea faced Basel in the group stage, and Salah impressed when given the opportunity to operate down the right wing. Scoring two goals across the home and away leagues, he clearly raised some eyebrows in London.
After snubbing an offer from Liverpool in the January transfer window, Salah was sold to Chelsea for roughly 11 million pounds. Should his development continue, as Lampard’s comments suggest it will Salah could be a bargain buy for the Blues. Especially given the recent noise that Mourinho has made in regards to rebuilding the squad, and emphasising the importance for established players to demonstrate their worth.