Sam Morsy: I don’t see anything that Salah can’t do
Sam Morsy looked back at his time with the Egyptian national team during the World Cup qualifiers as he was part of Hector Cuper’s squad, remembering how the young Pharaoh acted during this crucial phase.
“He’s not really a shouter and doesn’t pace or storm about, but you definitely feel his presence,” said the midfielder who was born in England. “You feel it as much as if someone is shouting or trying to verbally motivate you.”
Mohamed Salah is having a splendid debut season with Liverpool scoring a total of 43 goals in 48 appearances in addition to 15 assists.
“You just know he is going to turn up and you know he will be there for you. He has such an unshakeable belief in his ability and that’s what separates him from the rest. It’s just how he is,” he added.
Morsy’s Wigan Athletics recently promoted to the EPL Championship after defeating Fleetwood Town 4-0, a second one with Wigan after the Egypt international managed to clinch the 2015-2016 League One title in his debut season with the Latics.
“The celebrations then started and the atmosphere was electric. Everyone was singing and out of their seat — and then they got their equalizer with about five minutes left,” he recalled. “At that point we would have had to beat Ghana away to qualify and our record out there isn’t great at all.”
Salah heroically led the national team to their first World Cup in almost three decades after scoring a last-gasp penalty against Congo.
Morsy assured that after seeing Salah’s confidence during the match he had no doubt that the winger will be able to guide Egypt to the World Cup despite the huge pressure.
“He’s in incredible condition, which you don’t really see just by looking at him,” he explained. “Yes he’s not that tall, only 5ft 9in, and he doesn’t take his top off like Cristiano Ronaldo. But he looks just as good.”
“He keeps himself in great shape, which has gone a long way I think in how rapid he is and how he can switch it on and off. It’s devastating.
“You don’t actually see how scary he is at full speed until you’re beside him. Over the first five or ten yards, I haven’t seen anything like it.
“But it’s also his desire to score goals, which has never changed.
“He’s not this typical wideman who tries to take people on the outside. His intention is to cut inside — and to score.
“You don’t see many people scoring goals like he does in big games against Manchester City and in semi-finals of huge competitions. I guess he has got the whole package — I don’t see anything that he can’t do.”
Salah is now close to becoming the first Egyptian to play a European championship final. He will also be hoping to become the only second Arab to lift the Champions League title after Algeria’s Rabah Madjer, who won it with FC Porto against Bayern Munich in 1987.
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