Mohamed Salah has won the 2017 CAF Player of the Year Award. His Liverpool teammate and Senegalese forward, Sadio Mané, came in second. Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang of BVB and Gabon came in third.
2017 was a coming-out year for Mohamed Salah. In the second half of the 2016/2017 campaign for Roma, Salah was on fire. The Egyptian had 10 goals, along with nine assists in 20 appearances. Not too shabby.
Then came the summer, and interest from Klopp’s Liverpool arose. The transfer saga did not go on for too long: Roma was put in a terrible position by UEFA’s FFP rules and the Reds were able to sign Salah for a fee in the neighborhood of 35 million Euros.
As a Liverpool fan I was cautiously optimistic about the impact Salah would have on the squad. The biggest knock against him in Italy was his finishing. The type of player that needed five or six shots before one hit the back of the net. I figured he would maybe hit double digit goals by the season’s end and would add some much needed depth to Liverpool’s attack, but not much more.
Salah has smashed that expectation. In 29 games in all competitions with the Reds, Salah has scored 23 goals while providing eight assists. Just a little over an assist or goal per game. He has quickly become a talisman on Liverpool’s right side, winning multiple games for the team and it’s only halfway through their domestic campaign. The chemistry he has displayed with both of Liverpool’s Brazilians, Firmino and Coutinho, has been a delight to watch. The sight of Mo running at the opposition’s backline as fast as he does, puts the crowd on edge.
Of course, as Mo has now become a prolific attacking Liverpool player, rumors have already begun swirling of an impending bid from Real Madrid. However I am too happy for Mohamed Salah’s accomplishment today to fully start panicking. He had an incredible 2017 year and his 2017/2018 season has gotten off to an amazing start. I would not be surprised if he pulls off an EPL player of the year award.
Now sit back and relax for a little while to enjoy the magic Mo has worked hard this year, just take a look: Goals Goals Goals.
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