Mo Salah could be the most underrated player in the history of the Premier League. Over a season in which he scored 31 goals in the English top flight, many have bet on him being named the league’s Player of the Year. But can he become the first-ever Egyptian to win the award? Even legends of the game have hailed him. For his efforts in helping Liverpool win the league last season, Salah was voted the PFA Player of the Year.
He is this season’s leader in the scoring charts, with eight strikes in all competitions. While Salah says he is only focusing on his domestic form, Liverpool players have dubbed him the “Gran Turismo” because of his slotted finishes and close control. The 33-year-old striker Luis Suarez also said Salah has “some of the best skills in the world.”
“He is a very intelligent player. He just plays on instinct, and his touch is some of the best in the world,” Suarez said.
Salah may be the brightest of the bright young things in the English game but he is far from a household name. And there are plenty of people who think the Egyptian is doing just fine. When Salah signed for Liverpool on a 5-year-deal for £35 million, nobody, outside of Liverpool fans, took any notice.
His agent, Ramy Abbas, was quick to point out how his client had risen through the ranks of Egyptian club Al Ahly. “He had that growth in his teenage years, and he achieved more things in his football than most players do in their lifetime,” Abbas said.