Former Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas discloses the remarkable transformation of Mohamed Salah; shedding light on the winger's early struggles at Chelsea. Salah's journey - from an uninspiring stint with the Blues to becoming a formidable force at Liverpool, reflects the unpredictable nature of footballing fortunes.
Chelsea Blues: Salah's Initial Struggles
Salah transferred from Swiss side Basel to Chelsea in 2014, but his time under Jose Mourinho was marked by challenges. Fabregas, who witnessed Salah's early days at Stamford Bridge, recalls the Egyptian's limited impact and a notable lack of prolificacy.
Speaking on the brand new BBC Sounds podcast Planet Premier League, as per BBC Sport, the Spaniard said:
"He was not so prolific in front of goal. Maybe it was a lack of chances."
Discussing the Stamford Bridge-based outfit's ruthless transfer dynamics during the Roman Abramovich era, Fabregas gives insight into the club's regrets, particularly regarding Salah. His departure from Chelsea marked a turning point in his career, leading to his iconic journey with Liverpool.
Transformation at Liverpool
Since joining Liverpool in 2017, following spells at Fiorentina and Roma, Salah underwent a spectacular transformation in the Premier League. From a struggling winger at Chelsea, he evolved into a sensational phenomenon at Anfield. Fabregas hails the 31-year-old's scoring prowess, emphasizing his incredible contribution of 204 goals and 88 assists in 332 games for the Reds to date.
Fine-Tuning the Talent: Fabregas' Insights
Fabregas acknowledges Salah's inherent attributes during their time at Chelsea, citing his speed and ability to exploit spaces. However, Fabregas notes that the Egyptian international has since strengthened his one-on-one abilities, contributing to his prolific goal-scoring form.
"You could see his trends. You could see he was quick. You could see that he was attacking the spaces. But then, when he had one against ones, maybe he was not as strong as he is now."- Fabregas concluded
As Mo Salah continues to etch his name in Liverpool's history books, Fabregas provides a unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs that shaped the Egyptian into one of the world's finest footballers of his generation.