Salah achieved what Thierry Henry couldn’t at Arsenal, says Ian Wright
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised the strong start of Egypt international Mohamed Salah with Liverpool, comparing him to the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.
Salah, who has been recently named PFA Player of the Year, scored 31 goals and registered nine assists in the league. He has scored a total of 41 goals in all competitions for the Reds since joining them in the 2017 summer window from Serie A side AS Roma.
“Before it’s pointed out, I’m well aware that Salah has to do it for many years before he can be spoken of as one of the all-time great,” Wright wrote in The Sun.
“Yet in terms of a debut season in English football? Well, I have to say the Liverpool hero has managed something not even those two Arsenal legends achieved.”
Wright explained that Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp needed a period to adjust to English football, when Salah managed to adapt quickly. The Egypt international had a disappointing spell at the Premier League when he joined Chelsea in 2014 from Swiss side Basel. He then got loaned out to Fiorentina and Roma before joining the Giallorossi on a permanent deal.
“Thierry and Dennis are rightly viewed as two of the finest foreigners not just to pull on a Gunners shirt, but to light up the Premier League in general.
“Yet it’s easy to forget now, given the heights they 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.
Salah’s impressive form on his debut Liverpool season saw him break a number of scoring records. He also became the first ever player to win the Premier League Player of the Month award three times in the same season.
“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,” he added.
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