January
29

Scout Report – Mohamed Salah

Filed under: Scout Reports - Posted by: Paul

Jose Mourinho took less than 24 hours to replace the departed Juan Mata on Sunday afternoon by adding Mohamed Salah to the Chelsea ranks. The 21-year-old arrives from FC Basel in a deal reported to be in the region of £11m, with the London club beating long-time suitors Liverpool for the Egyptian’s signature:

In a busy winter window, Salah is the third player to arrive at Stamford Bridge, following the earlier acquisition of Nemanja Matic and Bertrand Traore. Mourinho, as always, had plenty to say on the matter and despite losing a player of Mata’s calibre, seems more than content with the versatile Salah’s addition to his first-team squad:

“I like the fact that he can play the same way our attacking players do, which is players with adaptability, to play right, left or behind the striker. He’s young, he’s fast, he’s creative, he’s enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team and to work and to adapt himself to a new life. We think with him and André Schürrle, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian we will be fine. We lose an experienced top player like Juan Mata but we bring in a young player with great potential. Hopefully he comes and hopefully with the talented players we have around in the same positions we all can develop together.”

The History

A product of the El Mokawloon youth system in his native country, Salah progressed through the ranks to make his debut for the club in May 2010. After notching four goals in his first 23 league matches, he stepped up another level in 2011/12 and produced seven goals and a trio of assists in just 15 appearances before the remainder of the season was cancelled as a result of the Port Said Stadium disaster.

The five foot nine inch wideman then moved to Europe, joining Basel in June 2012 on a four-year contract. Over a season-and-a-half with the Swiss outfit, he returned nine goals and nine assists in 47 league games and also impressed in domestic and European cup matches, with 11 goals and eight assists over 32 appearances – including a goal in both group games against his new club in the Champions League earlier this term.

On the international stage, Salah has turned out for Egypt on 45 occasions, at Under 20, Under 23 and senior level, finding the net on 21 occasions and providing 15 assists.

The Prospects

Mourinho may have initially hailed the new boy’s ability to play through the middle but it seems far more likely that Salah will be vying for a place on the flank. After the Egyptian’s acquisition was confirmed, the Blues boss suggested Oscar will continue to be his preferred choice for the role in “the hole”:

“We tried to go for a young player, a left-footed player, and a fast player with the ball. He is the kind of top player who likes to get behind players so I think he was a good option. Juan is not comfortable on the sides, he tried very hard there and he did quite well in some matches, playing from the right, but it is not his natural habitat. I’ll build a team around Oscar in that position.”

At the moment, then, it seems Hazard will remain as near to nailed-on as we can expect – regardless of formation or competition for places, the Belgian is pretty much an automatic starter. Oscar’s prospects will only be diminished on the rare occasion Mourinho rolls out a 4-3-3 system to bolster his central midfield – when the Blues operate with their familiar 4-2-3-1, his starting berth looks secure.

Essentially, Salah looks set to enter a three-way fight with Willian and Schurrle for the remaining role on the flank, then. Certainly, if Mourinho’s treatment of the latter two is anything to go by, Salah could well face settling-in period over the next few months as his manager looks to integrate him within the squad. Despite splashing the cash on the above-mentioned duo in the previous transfer window, Mourinho has remained cautious with their game time – Willian has eight starts, whilst Schurrle has featured in the first XI on seven of the opening 22 Gameweeks.

Setting you back 6.5 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) and 7.1 in the Sky Sports game, the young Egyptian faces a tough task to earn our Fantasy attentions, in spite of a relatively favourable price tag. Game time may arrive from the bench more often than not, but – in a similar situation to Mata at United – Salah’s domestic minutes could be boosted by the fact he is ineligible to play in the Champions League this season, having already turned out for Basel. With a number of mid-priced options offering guaranteed starts and consistent attacking returns, however, it seems unlikely the Egyptian, for all his undoubted talents, will be on many a Fantasy radar for the short-term, at least.

Further Reference

Mohamed Salah Wikipedia

Mohamed Salah Statistics

Mohamed Salah YouTube

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  1. Scientists found a mummy in Egypt covered in chocolate and. nuts.

    What was it called?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Rochet oh dear :):

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Pharoah Rochet

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
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    2. Gonzo Milf???

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. A Yummy Mummy?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  2. Please rate my WC team:

    Mannone - Adrián
    Koscielny - Azpilicueta - Ward - Steven Taylor - Chambers
    Mata - Hazard - Mirallas/AJ - Puncheon - Ward-Prowse
    Agüero - van Persie - Suárez

    What do you think?

    Was going with AJ as third mid, but since he doesn´t play on GW28 and Mirallas might benefit form Lukaku absense...

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. I hate it because I can't afford it.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. fair enough 😉

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
      2. IT! Hello. Havent seen you around for a while.

        How's your season going? I'm going to need a strong 2H!

        Thoughts on Rooney vs. Mata? Was all set to get Rooney as great differential - but Mata could be enough given CL ineligibility?

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. Hello hello CC. Season is only okay, floating around 100k but hoping the second half of the season will help me get top 10k. Toughest one yet.

          I think Rooney is the better shout if you can afford but I can't afford him so got Mata instead.

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. Sensible as ever -thank you. Will basically boil down to:

            4m def + Eriksen/Mirralles/Rambo (when fit) + Rooney

            vs.

            Koscienly + Mata + DAD (!)?

            Exactly the same position re: rank for me. Finding a lot tougher than previous years to make any big jumps up. good luck man

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. Good on paper. You don't need RVP or Kos though

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. got Kos for 5.3 (5,7 today) and Arsenal is awesome defensive cover.

        RvP I feel what you mean, but I just have to give it a try, even if it ruins the rest of my season. It's a gut kinf of thing.. 😉

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. Fair enough, good luck mate:)

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. not bad though u sacrifice a 3rd premium mid to get rvp..but rvp takes up alot of cash making u difficult to get in players for gw29...and ward prowse is not playing and same for taylor and chambers i think they may not be nailed on by gw29...so on gw29 u may have a big problem.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. yep, those 3 (prowse / taylor / chambers) are my main doubts, but also are the most easy to solve... 😉

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  3. Final Round 1 pointer ( Question # 1 of 5)

    Apart from Wanyama, name any other player currently in the premier league who has played for both Southampton and Celtic?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. hooper

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. random guess, le tissier

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. (currently)

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    3. Boruc

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      1. Well done.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
      2. Correct!

        Now brace yourself for Chickenwithpeas to start accusing you of googling and having a massive paddy!

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. Don't be mad you couldn't google this one

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. Get a life mate.

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
          2. haha

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    4. Hooper?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. enjoyed reading Boruc posts in dirtytackle 😆

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    5. boruc ffs

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. HAHAHAHA

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. grow up, you didn't know either, too hard to google

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. Read my reply last page.

            #TearsForChickenwithpeas

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
            1. think i'll pass oh mighty google guru

              • 1 year, 5 months ago
              1. If I did that I would have been 5 seconds behind, therefore not the first to comment. :) What don't you get?

                • 1 year, 5 months ago
    6. SW6

      Fox?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    7. Hooiveld
      Danny fox

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    8. I'll catch the big fish 😉

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    9. Guy with the ginger hair.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  4. Any thoughts on AJ > Mirallas? He looked very dangerous against Liverpool.

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Everyone in Liverpool looks dangerous.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. he looks dangerous every match pretty much. never seems enough end product

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  5. In swapping Anderson for Mata David Moyes has lowered the average age of the sqaud by about 1.5 years, the average height by about 3 inches and the average weight by 100lbs

    Though looking at him last night I think they gave Mata one of Anderson's old shirts

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      1. I bet you were the guy on the Titanic who shouted "Iceberg! Right ahead!"

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. He couldn't have been on the titanic, that was ages ago.

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. Thanks for clarifying. For a few moments I actually believed he was on the Titanic and felt very sorry for him having to suffer such a traumatic experience.

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. how can average become less if they have sent fabio and zaha on loan

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  6. Vodka and soda wasn't a great idea.

    Stomach catastrophe :(

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Vodka and Mango Juice is soothing for me

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. i make a vodka and mango sorbet (seriously). call it mango unchained (also, seriously)

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. Seriously ?

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. serious. alcohol means you need less sugar to stop it freezing solid, perfect

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
        2. 😆

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. vodka+ water with lemon. Greetings from Poland...

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Belvedere! Poles are genius

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. The best vodka, beautifull country and beautifull, horny women

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. Ridiculously fit women

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. Probably wasn't the soda part.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    4. Vodka and white lemonade / sprite?
      That's probably the easiest alcoholic beverage to consume..

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  7. ccc

    A. Sturridge & Sterling
    B. Adebayor & Adam Johnson

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. B. Just not keen on Sterling and Sturridge aswell as Suarez

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  8. Ramsey is red flagged So does that mean his price will not fall?
    i already have a good replacement in noone against swansea

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
  9. Worth ditching Silva short term for Mata?

    Forgot to do it before the price rise last night... :(

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. All depends tonight I guess but I would say nay

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Mata's price rising at a crazy fast rate.. I can sell Ozil and get Silva back after

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. Sell ozil

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. Palace at home?

            Looked good yesterday

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. SW6

      Is Silva not gonna play tonight?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
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    3. No way Mata's gonna join United! 😀

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Oh Chu 😉

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    4. See what happens tonight but I'd lean towards a yes

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  10. How much do yous reckon draxler will be in ff if arsenal get him?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. He's injured so 8.5?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. nah - could be about a month

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Back training though isn't he?

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. conflicting reports

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
  11. Are tonight's games on Sky?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Just Italian and Spanish.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. D'Feck, none last night too! 😥

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. BT Sports

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  12. Final Round 2 pointer (Q # 2 of 5)

    Name a Finnish player who has played for Crystal Palace

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. rihialihti hard to spell

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. you're wrong, it was easy to spell

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. You google'd mate.

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. I'm from sweden, neighbour country with finland

            easy question for me really

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
            1. Okay, I believe you then, would be nice if you could show the same courtesy...

              • 1 year, 5 months ago
              1. Sure, hope you learn to get jokes in the future

                • 1 year, 5 months ago
        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. Tap

      jari litmanen?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. SW6

      Forsell

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    4. aki riihilahti

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Google alert.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. look up before shouting

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
    5. Ward Finnished the game last night.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    6. Forsell

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    7. vaguely remember a finnish guy in their ian dowie manager era, the season when andy johnson had about 10 penalties.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
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      1. Tap

        norweigan

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    8. Hvt

      Gabbidon , he was finished - right ?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  13. What are people doing re Ramsey?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Iki

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. aki* but reply fail . Damn

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. who/what's aki? 😛

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. Ramsey -> Draxler

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Is Draxler not a forward

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. He's an attacking midfielder who can play on the wing. Reports that Wemger wants to convert him to a striker, but I'm not convinced.

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. So he'll definitely be a midfielder in fantasy?

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
            1. Unless there is a massive cock up. Mind you they do have Danny Rose as a midfielder...

              • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. Waiting till hes fit to buy him or selling if you own him

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Selling for who? i have johnson and lallana, is the only choice i have downgrading to pozuelo?

        (Selling price of ramsey 6.6, with 0.0 in bank)

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. What's your midfeild? If they are your worst just keep Ramsey on the bench?

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
    4. selling him to get adam johnson
      also will his price drop?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    5. Hvt

      Decided on Mira for the sake of it really.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    6. WHY has he still got 1M owners.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
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      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Hey thomas69

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
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    2. so sexist

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  14. Hoping Julien Draxler is classed as a midfielder

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Defender.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. jealous??

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. Yh bbz, ur wel sexii x

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. He is a midfielder....

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. cheers mate your username says it all! :-)

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. Goalie

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  15. Score prediction for Chelsea v West Ham? Going to be 4-0 I reckon.

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. SW6

      1-0

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
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    2. 2-0. think the screw will be there to be turned in the second half but mourinho wont be bothered

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Yeah he doesnt really like going for the kill does he

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  16. Final Round 3 pointer (Q # 3 of 5)

    Name the player who has fullfiled all the given conditions:
    -Played for two London clubs in the premier league,scoring a total of three goals(played for them between 2004 and 2009)
    -Won the DFB Pokal
    -Holds the record of most international caps for his country

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. ljunberg?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
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    2. Tap

      shefki kuqi

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Tap

        scrap that, danny higginbotham

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. Pizzaro?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
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    4. Thuram

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    5. gallas

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    6. still not right, answer on new post btw

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    7. Stalteri (google) :)

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  17. Name a football player who doesn't actually looks like one...

    Samir Nasri

    Always reminds me lesbians

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. reported

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. You really are a top arse 😉

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. lol

      Jonjo Shelvey

      Should have stuck to his role in the Harry Potter movies

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Ian Dowie IS Earthworm Jim! 😉

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. Or one of the muppets 😀

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. Crouch

      He's a hatrack.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    4. Crouch looks like a farmer 😆

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    5. mata looks like a librarian

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    6. what lesbian movies do you watch?!

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    7. Brad Guzan
      Ramires

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    8. You replied to one of my comments in the last couple of days saying you were going to report me for nothing. Should I return the favour after seeing this mate? 😆

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  18. NEW POST (SUN DREAM TEAM)
  19. WAIT! By george, I've got it!

    The answer is MATA!

    He "played for Valencia" and wore "#8 for an Epl club". C'mon guys, am I right? amirite?! 😎

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
  20. Silva to Mata

    Yay or Nay

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
  21. Have AJ, Januzaj, Kolarov, Aguero and Mata missing GW 28 and Chester and Coleman injured...

    Guess Coleman should be back for GW28 and no need to sell him...

    Would probably get rid of Chester, AJ and Januzaj in GW25-27 and bench Kolarov, Aguero and Mata...

    Am I thinking correctly... WC already played...

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
  22. ANSWER QUESTION ON NEW POST

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
  23. Predictions on who to score in City game tonight?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Aguero and Adebeyor

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  24. Looks like it's time to sell up for Januzaj owners then.

    Given that Mata, Rooney and Van Persie are pretty much nailed on, that leaves one attacking spot for Januzaj, Valencia, Kagawa, Young, Nani(And maybe even Welbeck)....

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. yeah, only change to that is injuries (and they seem to be frequent with RVP and Rooney)

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  25. My team good to go for saturday??

    Manonne
    Kos-Coleman-chambers
    Hazard-Lallana-Yaya-Eriksen
    Suarez-Aguero-Sturridge

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Yes i Like

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  26. What's everyone's take on this Salah cat? Haven't seen much of him, I must admit, and am wondering how good a prospect he really is.

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Well. That went well. I'll remember this the next time I see shameless RMT's....... :)

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  27. Anybody think Flanagan will now be the regular starter again since he's fit? Know he got 70+ minutes last night, just wondering about every week. Need a cheap defender (4.3 or less) so I can afford Wilshere -> Llama.

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. I think so. Enrique still out for several weeks, GJ out indefinitely, Kelly doesnt seem to get fit, Cissokho is a wreck, Rodgers praises Flanno heavily in every interview. Should be nailed. Still, Liverpool dont get many CS

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  28. Tried to work out on my PC how jammy Yaya has been. Computer exploded.

    • 1 year, 5 months ago

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