Could £11 million Chelsea man make his debut this weekend?

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Mohamed Salah has had to wait for his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt but this weekend's clash with Newcastle could present the perfect opportunity.

The 21-year-old made the bench at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, when Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0, and could be set for more at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho tries to help the Egyptian settle into the rhythm of the Premier League.

Mourinho has already spoken of the need to allow Salah time to adapt to English football - much like Brazilian Willian - and, if Willian's example is anything to go by, the approach is sure to act like a charm.

The only question is when to unleash the winger, either from the start or from the bench, and Saturday's clash with Newcastle could present the ideal chance.

Indeed, though full-backs Mathieu Debuchy and Davide Santon have impressed at times for the Magpies this season, their current run of form hardly inspires confidence.

Adam Johnson ran the Newcastle back four ragged in last week's Tyne-Wear derby, while Alan Pardew's side would be second-bottom in the Premier League based on their last six games.

Why not give Salah his Chelsea introduction at Stamford Bridge, then, against a side devoid of confidence who he could really have a go against?

Mourinho has kept Blues fans guessing with his team selections so far this season - but bringing Salah into the fold against Newcastle is surely an opportunity the Special One won't refuse.

Do you think Salah will make his Chelsea debut this weekend?

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