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Chelsea legend Canoville backs Mohamed Salah

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Chelsea legend Paul Canoville has backed , stating that the Egyptian winger has the talent to succeed at the club, but his end product must be improved.

Salah started Tuesday’s English League Cup 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury, providing an assist for Chelsea’s first goal. However, after the game, Jose Mourinho expressed his displeasure with the performance of some of his players, singling out Salah and Andre Schurrle.

Paul Canoville, who spent five years with Chelsea in the 1980s and is still involved with the club on the hospitality side, believes Salah can still make it at Stamford Bridge, but says the Egyptian must improve his end product.

Canoville told West London Sport: “He [Salah] is quick and he’s got tricks, but like me when I played, the final ball isn’t always right and he needs to work on that.”

“Chelsea are playing some serious one-touch football and I am not sure he’s used to it. But he has the ability to develop and he has promise and talent. You could see that when he was at Basel.

“It’s real tough when you are not a regular and you are playing with all the pressure, knowing you have to give a performance – whether a whole game, 25 minutes or 15 minutes,” he continued.

“You have to give the manager something that makes him sit up and take notice and really want you. But he needs to instantly shine when he plays – that’s the problem. He needs game time and sharpness but at Chelsea you don’t get that unless you are doing it on the pitch from the off. He needs to do it right away, so it’s Catch 22.”

Salah was one of six foreign-based players selected by Shawky Gharib for Egypt’s last two 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers next month.

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