Chelsea are on their knees. Yesterday’s defeat to Swansea City abruptly ended their 14-game unbeaten run in the league- one of few positives the club had been clinging onto recently.
While the introduction of Antonio Conte will undoubtedly bring a degree of necessary change next season, alterations in personnel will also be needed.
Mohamed Salah has impressed greatly upon his loan spell at AS Roma and may prove the remedy for the Blues’ problems rolling into 2016-17. Besides, the club must do all they can to ensure their rotten run doesn’t spill over into the summer and beyond.
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After a mediocre spell at Stamford Bridge spanning from January 2014 to the proceeding winter, Salah has experienced loan tenures at Fiorentina and AS Roma.
The Egyptian impressed in Florence but it has been his season-long spell in the Italian capital this year that has seen people take notice most. Salah has been leaving a trail of reminders as to why Chelsea captured his signature in the first place.
Despite not being an out-and-out striker, Salah possesses a fantastic tally of 14 goals in 39 appearances this campaign. Furthermore, with four assists, he has been solid with his supply of service to his teammates.
All in all, with his goals and electric pace causing havoc in Serie A, the 23-year-old has muscled himself into a team rich with talent.
Chelsea have struggled on the flanks this season and Salah appears an obvious replacement going into 2016-17. The high-profile decline of Eden Hazard exemplifies this underlying weakness in the Blues side.
The Premier League is renowned for being so unique and physical and thus experience in English football is highly valued. Salah has already been given time to adapt to such a style; alternative foreign signings will not have.
In addition, you simply can’t ignore his form in Italy. While it may be easy to dismiss Serie A as a weak league, his showings have been too good to not at least warrant a second chance in west London.
Purely from a financial standpoint, it would also be a cheap move with his reintroduction to the set-up costing nothing if Chelsea decided to do so.
Besides, the Blues aren’t really in a position to turn down players in such electric form. Without Champions League football next year, they’ll need as many fully firing players as possible especially considering their European absence could provoke a squad exodus.
The move is logical and Salah’s form in England was never as bad as people seemed to suggest.
Chelsea are in a period of transition and need all the help they can get. It would simply appear blind to deny a young, pacey, goal scoring forward already on their books a second chance at the club.
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