The match against Bradford could be seen as the last chance for Mohamed Salah to prove Jose Mourinho was wrong to push him out of Stamford Bridge. But he missed it.
Salah leaving Stamford Bridge this winter can be considered a done deal. Reports suggest that he will be loaned to Roma in the new few days, with the contract containing a clause allowing the Italian side to keep him permanently at the end of the season.
Therefore, it is not completely true to say that the match against Bradford was a chance for Salah to make Mourinho change his mind. It was just a chance for the Egypt international to prove that the manager is wrong, and show the club and the fans what they would be missing. Salah, however, failed to take that chance.
Honestly, Salah was not totally useless during his 70 minutes on pitch. He had a perfectly-timed pass for Ramires to score Chelsea's second goal. He also sent one curled effort just past the post, and made an impressive run from deep. But after all, Bradford is just a League Two side. And Salah, once dubbed "Egytian Messi" following his impressive form in Basel shirt, should have done better. Much better.
Salah may blame Mourinho for not giving him enough playing time. The match against Bradford was his 18th in the blue shirt in all competitions following his £11 million move from Basel exactly 12 months ago. He has played a mere 268 minutes of first-team football this season.
The question is, however, did Salah really try his best to persuade the manager to give him more time?