Chelsea’s £11million capture of Mohamed Salah has reportedly concluded their January business.
Following the return of Nemanja Matic, the former Basel winger’s signing means it has been a very satisfactory month for Jose Mourinho.
But while Salah was said in some quarters to be a replacement for the now-departed Juan Mata, that does the former something of an injustice given the Spaniard’s failure to make a dent in the first-team in his final months at Stamford Bridge.
While Salah may well find most of his first season at the Blues is spent on the bench, his signing is yet another example of the outstanding young talents Chelsea are accruing.
At 21, Salah will be hoping to have an impact sooner rather than later, but it is more likely to be in Chelsea’s next guise that he truly makes his mark on the Premier League and further afield.
When you consider that Lucas Piazon (20), Patrick van Aanholt (23), Christian Atsu (22), Romelu Lukaku (20) and Bertrand Traore (18) are just some of the Chelsea players currently on loan, there is no reason why the club should not be challenging (and winning) trophies both domestically and abroad for years to come.
At 22, Oscar has shown that if you are good enough you are old enough to feature in Mourinho’s side. But you sense that a change is coming and that with the inevitable departure of some of the old guard, Chelsea have more than enough young talent to prevent a dip.
In Salah, they have bought a fantastic young player, but in truth he is just another to add to what could become a phenomenal collection of players. Time will tell if they can form the Blues’ next great team.
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