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?

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Rochet oh dear :):

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Pharoah Rochet

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
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    2. Gonzo Milf???

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  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...

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. I hate it because I can't afford it.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
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      1. 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?

        • 8 months, 28 days 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.

          • 8 months, 28 days 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

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. Good on paper. You don't need RVP or Kos though

      • 8 months, 28 days 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.. ;)

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. Fair enough, good luck mate:)

          • 8 months, 28 days 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.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. yep, those 3 (prowse / taylor / chambers) are my main doubts, but also are the most easy to solve... ;)

        • 8 months, 28 days 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?

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. hooper

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. random guess, le tissier

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    3. Boruc

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      1. Well done.

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
      2. Correct!

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

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. Don't be mad you couldn't google this one

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
          1. Get a life mate.

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
          2. haha

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    4. Hooper?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
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      1. enjoyed reading Boruc posts in dirtytackle :lol:

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
    5. boruc ffs

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. HAHAHAHA

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. grow up, you didn't know either, too hard to google

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
          1. Read my reply last page.

            #TearsForChickenwithpeas

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
            1. think i'll pass oh mighty google guru

              • 8 months, 28 days ago
              1. If I did that I would have been 5 seconds behind, therefore not the first to comment. :) What don't you get?

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    6. Hooiveld
      Danny fox

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    7. I'll catch the big fish ;)

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    8. Guy with the ginger hair.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  4. Any thoughts on AJ > Mirallas? He looked very dangerous against Liverpool.

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Everyone in Liverpool looks dangerous.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. he looks dangerous every match pretty much. never seems enough end product

      • 8 months, 28 days 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

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
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      1. I bet you were the guy on the Titanic who shouted "Iceberg! Right ahead!"

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. He couldn't have been on the titanic, that was ages ago.

          • 8 months, 28 days 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.

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. how can average become less if they have sent fabio and zaha on loan

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  6. Vodka and soda wasn't a great idea.

    Stomach catastrophe :(

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Vodka and Mango Juice is soothing for me

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. i make a vodka and mango sorbet (seriously). call it mango unchained (also, seriously)

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. Seriously ?

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
          1. serious. alcohol means you need less sugar to stop it freezing solid, perfect

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
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    2. vodka+ water with lemon. Greetings from Poland...

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Belvedere! Poles are genius

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. The best vodka, beautifull country and beautifull, horny women

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
          1. Ridiculously fit women

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
    3. Probably wasn't the soda part.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    4. Vodka and white lemonade / sprite?
      That's probably the easiest alcoholic beverage to consume..

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  7. ccc

    A. Sturridge & Sterling
    B. Adebayor & Adam Johnson

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. B. Just not keen on Sterling and Sturridge aswell as Suarez

      • 8 months, 28 days 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

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
  9. Worth ditching Silva short term for Mata?

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

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. All depends tonight I guess but I would say nay

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Mata's price rising at a crazy fast rate.. I can sell Ozil and get Silva back after

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. Sell ozil

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
          1. Palace at home?

            Looked good yesterday

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. Is Silva not gonna play tonight?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
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    3. No way Mata's gonna join United! :D

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Oh Chu ;)

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
    4. See what happens tonight but I'd lean towards a yes

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  10. How much do yous reckon draxler will be in ff if arsenal get him?

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. He's injured so 8.5?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. nah - could be about a month

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Back training though isn't he?

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. conflicting reports

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
  11. Are tonight's games on Sky?

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Just Italian and Spanish.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. D'Feck, none last night too! :cry:

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
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  12. Final Round 2 pointer (Q # 2 of 5)

    Name a Finnish player who has played for Crystal Palace

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. rihialihti hard to spell

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. you're wrong, it was easy to spell

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. You google'd mate.

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
          1. I'm from sweden, neighbour country with finland

            easy question for me really

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
            1. Okay, I believe you then, would be nice if you could show the same courtesy...

              • 8 months, 28 days ago
              1. Sure, hope you learn to get jokes in the future

                • 8 months, 28 days ago
        • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. Tap

      jari litmanen?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
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    3. aki riihilahti

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Google alert.

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. look up before shouting

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
    4. Ward Finnished the game last night.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    5. Forsell

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    6. vaguely remember a finnish guy in their ian dowie manager era, the season when andy johnson had about 10 penalties.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    7. Jonathan Parr?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Tap

        norweigan

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
    8. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Gabbidon , he was finished - right ?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  13. What are people doing re Ramsey?

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. aki* but reply fail . Damn

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. who/what's aki? :P

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Ramsey -> Draxler

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Is Draxler not a forward

        • 8 months, 28 days 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.

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
          1. So he'll definitely be a midfielder in fantasy?

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
            1. Unless there is a massive cock up. Mind you they do have Danny Rose as a midfielder...

              • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. Waiting till hes fit to buy him or selling if you own him

      • 8 months, 28 days 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)

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. What's your midfeild? If they are your worst just keep Ramsey on the bench?

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
    3. selling him to get adam johnson
      also will his price drop?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    4. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Decided on Mira for the sake of it really.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    5. WHY has he still got 1M owners.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  14. Hey Lads! :D

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Hey thomas69

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. why 69? Hey

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. so sexist

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  15. Hoping Julien Draxler is classed as a midfielder

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Defender.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. jealous??

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. Yh bbz, ur wel sexii x

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. He is a midfielder....

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. cheers mate your username says it all! :-)

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  16. Score prediction for Chelsea v West Ham? Going to be 4-0 I reckon.

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    1. 2-0. think the screw will be there to be turned in the second half but mourinho wont be bothered

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Yeah he doesnt really like going for the kill does he

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
  17. 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

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. ljunberg?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
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    2. Tap

      shefki kuqi

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Tap

        scrap that, danny higginbotham

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
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    3. Thuram

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
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    4. still not right, answer on new post btw

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    5. Stalteri (google) :)

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  18. Name a football player who doesn't actually looks like one...

    Samir Nasri

    Always reminds me lesbians

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. reported

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. You really are a top arse ;)

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. lol

      Jonjo Shelvey

      Should have stuck to his role in the Harry Potter movies

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Ian Dowie IS Earthworm Jim! ;-)

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. Or one of the muppets :D

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
    3. Crouch

      He's a hatrack.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    4. Crouch looks like a farmer :lol:

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    5. mata looks like a librarian

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    6. what lesbian movies do you watch?!

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    7. Brad Guzan
      Ramires

      • 8 months, 28 days 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? :lol:

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  19. NEW POST (SUN DREAM TEAM)
  20. 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?! :cool:

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
  21. Silva to Mata

    Yay or Nay

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
  22. 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...

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
  23. ANSWER QUESTION ON NEW POST

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  24. Predictions on who to score in City game tonight?

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Aguero and Adebeyor

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  25. 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)....

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. yeah, only change to that is injuries (and they seem to be frequent with RVP and Rooney)

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  26. My team good to go for saturday??

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

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Yes i Like

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  27. 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.

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Well. That went well. I'll remember this the next time I see shameless RMT's....... :)

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  28. 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.

    • 8 months, 28 days 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

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  29. Tried to work out on my PC how jammy Yaya has been. Computer exploded.

    • 8 months, 28 days ago

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