The journalist believes the Anfield attacker's style of play has affected views on how good he actually is.
What's the latest news involving Mohamed Salah?
A pulsating start to the new season in which Salah's bagged nine goals in nine appearances across all competitions has created a debate over where the 29-year-old ranks among the top talents in world football.
Some have argued Salah is now the best player in the world but doesn't quite receive the appreciation his form deserves.
But a player one person describes as a footballing genius will be claimed to be flattering to deceive by others, such is the subjective nature of the beautiful game.
With that in mind, Gates was asked whether he views Salah as overrated amid widespread arguments for him to be recognised as the best player on the planet.
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What did Emmet Gates say about Mohamed Salah being overrated?
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, journalist Gates suggested that Salah - who Transfermarkt value at £90m - falls somewhere between both underrated and overrated, in large part to the 'mechanical' nature of the way he operates.
He told GMS: "Salah falls in the middle of being underrated and overrated. There's a certain very mechanical nature to Salah. He gets the ball, he scores and that's it. There's a real lack of almost panache about him, which makes him fly under the radar for a lot of people."
How many goals has Salah scored in his career?
Throughout his entire career, Salah has scored 211 goals in 463 appearances at club level, as well as 43 goals in 71 appearances for Egypt.
That's a very solid return - especially when throwing in 103 club assists - but what makes Salah's goalscoring so interesting is how much it has accelerated since his move to Anfield.
34 goals in 83 outings for Roma was a respectable haul, but at Liverpool Salah has scored at a rate of better than one-in-two, registering 134 goals in 212 outings.
Liverpool are still waiting for Salah to hit 30 goals again in a single top flight campaign but after netting six times in the top flight already, 2021/22 might well be the season that sees him repeat the feat.News Now - Sport News