The 22-year old made 10 Premier League appearances for Jose Mourinho’s men during his first season in West London, scoring twice, and looks set to only play a small role this season, with Eden Hazard, Oscar, Cesc Fabregas, Andre Schurrle and Willian ahead of the youngster in the pecking order.
Whilst a loan move away from Stamford Bridge may have been good for the youngster’s progression, he remained with Chelsea, and made his first start of the season as a late substitute in the Blues 4-2 victory over Swansea.
Having remained at the club, it looks likely that forward will have his best chance to impress in cup fixtures, and Wednesday evening’s League Cup third round tie at home to Bolton Wanderers will surely allow Salah to make his first start of the season - and it is a game that he will have to impress in if he wants to make a Premier League impact this campaign.
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As can be seen, Salah has made 11 league appearances since his arrival to Chelsea in January, with 508 minutes of action under his belt. A return of two goals and one assist is acceptable, if not remarkable, but the profligacy of his teammates, and himself, meant that his match winning return is less than it should be.
He has played nine key passes and has recorded six shots on target, but his low return is less than impressive. However, he has completed an incredible 17 successful dribbles showing a desire to attack whenever he has the ball, and the game with Bolton, who have won just one league game this season, represents an ideal chance for Salah to take centre stage and display his true attacking talents against a team unlikely to cope with the pressure of the third round tie.