Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that Mohamed Salah has now moved ahead of Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne in the race for the prestigious Premier League Player of the Year award.
As we reported yesterday the Egypt international’s superbly taken strike in Liverpool’s 2-1 Champions League quarter-final second leg now means he is the first player in EPL history to have been directly involved in 50 goals during a single season.
For the vast majority of this campaign Kevin De Bruyne looked nailed on to win the award, for his consistently brilliant displays for Pep Guardiola’s soon to be Premier League Champions.
However, Salah’s 39 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, despite not even starting as a central striker are making it increasingly difficult to argue against his claims to be named POTY.
Carragher even believes that the talented Liverpool attacker is now in the same league as Premier League great Thierry Henry.
“All season I thought De Bruyne would win it,” Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.
“About a month ago I said that Salah was on De Bruyne’s coattails but now I honestly think he’s gone past him.
“He scored four against Watford, got the late winner at Palace and then scored home and away against City.
“What Salah is doing is unprecedented. Ronaldo is the only player who has scored that number of goals from playing out wide.
“Even Thierry Henry, possibly the greatest player ever to grace the Premier League, only got 39 goals in his most prolific season ever. That shows the kind of company Salah is in.
“He’s still got five Premier League games left and potentially three more in the Champions League.
“Salah has to win Player of the Year now. You’d be hard pushed to make a case against him.”