Mohamed Salah

The Story of how Roma’s Mohamed Salah Blossomed in the 2016-17 Season

Diminutive, shaggy hair, fleet-footed, attacking stalwart, Mohamed Salah is one footballer who would not forget the 2016-17 season in a hurry. For Salah, the 2016-17 season has been the season which he peaked in European football.

The European football sphere is one that requires innate talent to thrive in. Many make the foray, but fall short of basic skill requirements and end up finding themselves wallowing in lesser leagues. Roma’s Mohamed Salah understands this scenario pretty clearly.

The Egyptian star made the move to Europe in 2012 following an unfortunate incident in his home country.

Salah was an El Mokawloon player when a riot in the Port Said stadium between fans of Al-Ahly and Al-Masry left over seventy people dead and hundreds of others injured.

Following that ugly incident, the Egyptian government shut down the League for two years. It meant that Egyptian players had the tough choice of either playing non-league football or moving abroad to further their career. Then 20-year-old, Salah was one player who felt he was too young to waste away in Egypt, playing non-league football, while waiting for the ban to be lifted.

Mohamed Salah travelled to Switzerland for trials with Swiss Super League side, Basel. It didn’t take him long to impress and he was soon handed a four-year contract.

It didn't take the young Egyptian much time to become a fixture in the Basel team. Within a year, Salah was already a hot property in Europe. After Basel faced Chelsea in the Champions League group stage in 2013, his performance showed everyone how less likely Basel was to keep him for long.

In January 2014, Chelsea won the race for his signature and paid Basel £11 million for it. His time at Stamford Bridge was a bit tumultuous. He saw less and less action and slipped behind the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and André Schürrle in the pecking order.

He was also haunted by the possibility of being forced to return to Egypt to carry out military service; although that never happened, Salah was beginning to look surplus to requirements at SW6.

By the time he left Chelsea a year later, he had played only nineteen games and scored just twice. A loan move to Fiorentina provided an escape.

Chelsea loaned Salah to Fiorentina for a year and a half. The Egyptian settled quickly into the Serie A and soon solidified his place in Vincenzo Montella starting eleven at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. The former Basel winger scored nine goals in his first ever season in Italy to catch the eye of Roma.

Roma – A Haven For Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has been in sublime form for Roma this season. The Egyptian is enjoying his best season in Europe.
Salah kneels in gratitude to God after scoring, it's been a wonderful season for him
Having gained experience in Italian football with Fiorentina, moving to a bigger and better Italian side was nothing but the next best move. In 2015, Roma reached an agreement for the loan transfer of Mohamed Salah from Chelsea. The deal included a clause to make the transfer permanent.

Salah performed brilliantly well in his first season with Roma, ending the season as Roma’s top scorer with fifteen goals. The former Chelsea attacker has never reached that goalscoring figure since he transferred to Europe.

The 2016-17 season has seen Salah improve upon his figure from last season. Following his loan deal from Chelsea being made permanent, Salah has repaid the club's faith in him with some impressive performances.

Under Coach Luciano Spalletti, Salah has played some of the best football of his career. For the season in review, Salah is Roma’s second top scorer behind Edin Dzeko. The 24-year-old has now scored fifteen Serie A goals and provided eleven assists. In all competitions, the Egyptian has scored 19 goals in forty games.

The race for the next African Footballer of the Year will be keenly contested by Mohamed Salah – he’s had an absolutely brilliant season.

About the Author Kingsley

I am a football/soccer connoisseur who enjoys crafting interesting articles like the one you just read.

follow me on:

Leave a Comment: