Yesterday Brendan Rodgers gave hope to Liverpool fans that they still harbored chances of bagging highly rated winger Mohamed Salah from the clutches of Chelsea. Today, all hope has been extinguished as Jose Mourinho has confirmed Salah is now officially a Chelsea player.
21 year old Salah comes to Chelsea costing them £11 million, but despite his tender age, he has much experience under his belt. He played 78 times for Basel and scored a respectable 20 goals. 3 of those 20 were scored against Chelsea, and he has also scored against Tottenham Hotspur. With this in mind, Salah evidently enjoys playing against Premier League teams, therefore he should in theory enjoy his time in the Premier League.
He comes in swiftly to replace Juan Mata - something Mourinho alluded to in a press conference:
"But speaking seriously we had to react to the Mata situation. We had to go for a young player, for a left-footed player and for a fast player - especially who is fast in the space because most of my attacking players are fast and fast with the ball."
"Salah is a kind of player that looks for the space and tries to get behind people so we think he was a good choice."
Although it must be stated Salah is currently not the same bracket as Mata, he possess all the attributes needed to become a world class player like Mata in the nearby future.
In the meantime, any Chelsea fan worried about how an inferior player coming their squad might upset their season needn't be. Mata hardly featured under Mourinho and the reason for that is because his style of play was wholly unsuited to the counter attacking nature of Mourinho's Chelsea.
Chelsea attack in an unconventional manner and do not often have more than four players attacking at an given time - even then the players often take up differing positions. This takes away from Mata's main strengths which includes: his incisive through balls and using his nimble feet on the edge of the area to create a shooting chance.
Indeed, Chelsea's goal-scoring chances are often sporadic, created by a mazy dribble, cross put into the area or through sheer force. It is telling Mourinho mentioned pace in the press conference as a prerequisite for his attacking players. Salah has this in abundance and will be of more use than the slower and more methodical Mata who bogged down the attacks.
In the past Mourinho has been accused of short-termism but this deal has Chelsea's best interests at heart. Salah has reportedly signed a 5 and half year contract due to expire in June 2019 and having made a massive profit on Juan Mata, Chelsea are looking good for the future both on and off the pitch.