Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has stated that the impact PFA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah has made during his first season at Anfield has eclipsed that of his former Gunners team-mates Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Petit.
To say Salah has hit the ground running during his maiden campaign with the Reds would be a massive understatement. The Egyptian international has scored and incredible 31 goals and provided nine assists so far in the Premier League this season after his £38 million move from Roma last summer.
Writing in the Sun Wright has revealed that he is hugely impressed by how little time it has taken Salah to adjust to the rough and tumble of English football after playing in Serie A when compared to Gunners legends Henry and Petit, who also moved to these shores from the Italian league:
“It’s easy to forget now, given the heights they [Petit and Henry] went on to scale so regularly, how both took time to adjust when they first arrived in England.
“The pair of them came here on the back of troubled times at Juventus and Inter Milan respectively — but didn’t dominate the Prem straight away.”
“Egyptian ace Salah, on the other hand, didn’t just hit the ground running, he did so at such a pace that he would have left even Usain Bolt for dead.”
While there is no denying that Salah has had one of the great all time Premier League seasons, he did have one big advantage over Henry and Petit, in that he had already spent two seasons in England with Chelsea before moving to Liverpool.
Therefore the 25-year-old probably had a better idea of what to expect than the former Arsenal players who had never played in the EPL before moving here during the late nineties.