Chelsea Transfer News: Who Is the Blues' New Signing Mohamed Salah?

Daniel Tiluk@@danieltilukFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2014

Basel's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring a goal against Chelsea during their Europa League semifinal second leg soccer match, at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Thursday, May  2, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Name: Mohamed Salah

Age: 21 (Birth Date: 15 May 1992)

Nationality: Egyptian

Former Club: FC Basel (Switzerland)

Position: Winger / Attacking midfielder

Current Market Value: £7.5 million (via TransferMarkt)

2013-14 Season Statistics: 31 games played, 11 goals and seven assists

Former Jose Mourinho staffer Andre Villas-Boas was pipped for Brazilian midfielder Willian in August before he was sacked by Tottenham; to be even with his torment of former staff members, Mourinho looks to have ripped Mohamed Salah's signature from the clutches of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for a reported £11 million via BBC Sport.

The reported sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United will create an opening in Chelsea's midfield depth chart, and Salah seems poised to fill the void.

It's an interesting purchase as Chelsea's books have no shortage for attacking midfielders—even with Kevin De Bruyne and (reportedly) Mata making way this winter.

Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Andre Schurrle, Victor Moses, Christian Atsu, Gael Kakuta and Marko Marin are all on Roman Abramovich's ledger; but with Salah's demolishing of Chelsea in this year's Champions League group stage, this attacking signing might be a preemptive strike on Liverpool and other contenders.

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The added benefit—he's a helluva player.

The Egyptian international was given the Confederation of African Football's "Most Promising African Talent of the Year Award" in 2012; and his display with Swiss club FC Basel has been nothing short of impressive.

Blessed with durability, stamina, pace, vision and a quality first touch, Salah will be a solid rotational piece for at least the next four seasons in Stamford Bridge. Not to mention, a player who will understand his place on the substitute's bench.

With the vast amount of talent at his disposal, the task for Mourinho will be man-management.

We've seen De Bryune and (reportedly) Mata leave west London for more playing time this week, but in all fairness: When you let the chef buy his own groceries—it would make sense his meal's going to turn out better.

New Year, New Teammates
New Year, New TeammatesKirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press/Associated Press

Mourinho's style of play has begun to permeate through the squad over the past two months, and players not agreeing with the style are either being sold or not playing.

The Portuguese manager seems to have an end product in sight—we're only now starting to see his vision take shape.


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