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Mo Salah was bought this summer as a winger with pace who, despite once failing in the Premier League at Chelsea, could probably bag us a few after netting 29 in 65 Serie A games for Roma over the last two campaigns.
But, wow, we didn’t expect this!
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Here are the numbers: Kane has fired in 13 goals for Tottenham in all comps this season. Salah has netted 12. In the Premier League, it’s Kane eight v Salah seven.
Had Salah fired home his spot kick at home to Huddersfield, he’d be level with Spurs and England’s golden boy.
And that’s the strange thing. Salah seems to miss more than his fair share too. While Kane gives the impression that everything he strikes turns to goals, it would be very easy to compile a blooper reel of Salah misses.
In which case, it must be incredible how many shots he’s taking.
The stats show that Kane leads the way by a distance in that table having pulled the trigger on 59 occasions although Salah is high up in fourth with 37.
But, get this. Salah has had more shots on target than any other player in the Premier League this season, his tally of 24 edging out Kane by one. He’s made opposition goalkeepers work harder than Romelu Lukaku (18 shots on target), Sergio Aguero (14), Garbriel Jesus (14) and Alvaro Morata (13) the strikers we, as Liverpool fans, are supposed to crave and be jealous of.
Think about that for a minute. On these stats, Salah is a more efficient finisher than Kane having netted his seven Premier League goals from 37 shots (18.91%) compared to Kane’s eight from 59 (13.6%).
Just because he doesn have a No. 9 on his back or line up at the spearhead of the attack, we never primed ourselves for Salah doing this. To be honest, for all his impressive stats at Roma, we never thought he’d be quite this good.
But, forget good. Salah has been sensational.
Sometimes I watch him scuttling around, all left foot, lightning fast, crashing in goals and I have this strange thought about him being created in a secret laboratory set up to try and produce another Lionel Messi.
Mad scientists have attempted to clone the Argentine genius but haven’t got the DNA quite right and hence Salah has come out with some faults.
Nevertheless, a slightly wonky Messi is still a rather excellent thing to be. Oasis aren’t the Beatles but they’re still Oasis.
Messi and Ronaldo have become the two most prolific scorers on the planet in the modern era but, of course, neither have done it by being an orthodox No. 9. In that sense, there are two very obvious precedents for Salah banging them in despite his shirt number and starting position.