Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has explained brilliantly why Mo Salah has to win the Premier League Player of the Year award.
The rangy Englishman scored 42 goals for Liverpool during a three season stint, but Egyptian Salah, a right-winger, remember, is only six goals off reaching that tally already!
In the top flight, Salah’s bagged a ridiculous 28 goals, and in 20 games, proving he’s been performing in virtually every match – rather than padding stats with lots of hat-tricks when games are already won.
On top of that, he’s registered ten assists, which is only four less than his main competitor for both the Players’ and Writers’ awards, Kevin de Bruyne.
For Crouch, the winner is obvious…
“What Salah has done over the last three months will be fresh in everyone’s mind,” he wrote in a column for the Mail. “I also think the impact he has had on Liverpool, with the amount of goals he has scored, is bigger than the influence De Bruyne, who is surrounded by world-class talents, has had on City.
“Honestly, his quantity of goals – and how consistently he has scored them – is ridiculous. I was impressed by the way he started the season but I kept thinking, ‘The barren spell is coming’. Those thoughts quickly changed to, ‘Hang on a minute, there’s no sign of him stopping!’
“The night we faced Liverpool at home was the night he really made an impression on me. He came off the bench and scored two goals, the first being a volley that couldn’t have been hit any sweeter. I was standing directly by him and it was going in from the moment it left his foot.
“I just can’t get over how clinical Salah has been – he has 15 goals in his last 13 appearances and the longest he has gone without scoring is three matches – and I’m pretty sure plenty of other players will have taken a similar view when completing their forms.”
Manchester City undeniably deserve the title and the congratulations of everyone else.
Yes, Pep Guardiola’s had unlimited funds to spend, but so has Jose Mourinho, and look at the difference in the product both men deliver on the pitch.
But in terms of individuals, this is largely irrelevant, and the Player of the Year award should be Salah’s all day long.
The stats and consistency are breathtaking.