Peter Crouch names Mohamed Salah Player of the Year
Stoke City veteran striker Peter Crouch has revealed that his choice for the Premier League Player of the Year award goes to Mohamed Salah, explaining he was more influential to his team than Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
Salah amazed Europe and the world with his stupendous performances this season which made a lot of pundits and experts deem him as one of the world’s best players at the time being.
The Egypt star has 28 goals and 10 assists to his name in the Premier League this term, being decisive and performing consistently which made him a fan-favourite for the Liverpool fanbase.
“For me, it’s Mo [Player of the Year]. That’s the only way to say it. This week footballers up and down the country have been casting their votes for the PFA awards and my star of the Premier League season is Mohamed Salah,” Crouch said in his Daily Mail column.
“Had the votes been counted at Christmas, De Bruyne would have been the winner by a landslide but there is something about the time of the year we are asked to choose that makes me think Salah will get it. What Salah has done over the last three months will be fresh in everyone’s mind.”
“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.”
The 25-year-old winger has joined Liverpool in summer 2017 and despite being at the club for roughly seven months, he managed to break a handful of records with his goals.
“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,” Crouch added.
Ramadan Sobhi’s teammate also disclosed that Salah made his Premier League Team of the Year, following the footsteps of Leicester City full back Danny Simpson who picked out the former Roma winger as the Player of the Year.
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