Chris Hughton: De Bruyne more complete player than Salah
De Bruyne was Mohamed Salah’s main rival for the PFA Player of the Year award, which the Egyptian managed to clinch, despite many footballing icons believing the Belgian deserved it more.
The Egypt International has now managed to score 43 goals in 50 games across all competitions since returning to the Premier League last summer.
He is currently leading the Premier League Golden Boot race with 31 goals, four ahead of nearest contender Harry Kane, but the English forward has one more game than Salah.
And Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has hailed Mohamed Salah, and compared the seasons of Salah and Kevin De Bruyne.
“For me, De Bruyne’s the more complete player and I think it’s taken an exceptional season from Salah to win the awards ahead of De Bruyne,” Hughton said.
“The progress that De Bruyne has made in the last couple of seasons has been huge and the player that I think could play for any team in the world.
“But Salah’s been exceptional and I think it would be probably so unusual and unjust to take it away from him.
“To score that many goals in one season in the way that the game is now and how competitive the game is now, I think speaks volumes for the way Liverpool play and for him as an individual.
“Salah scores goals at will and I suppose it’s goals that make you lose games and, of course, win games so Salah’s probably more dangerous in that final third,” Hughton added.
Salah failed to score against Brighton this season when Liverpool thrashed them 5-1 last December, however, the Seagulls will face Liverpool again when they visit Anfield on the final day of the season.
Liverpool are set to host 14th-placed Brighton on Sunday, May 13 in a must-win game, as any other result than a victory could see the Reds finish outside the top 4.
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