Chelsea-owned winger Mohamed Salah has been named in Fiorentina’s squad for their Europa League last-32 tie against Tottenham Hotspur, according to Sporting LIfe.
The 22-year-old joined the Italian club on loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day after struggling to get much playing time at the Blues.
Egypt international Salah moved to Chelsea from Swiss giants FC Basel in January 2014, but he was nothing more than a bit-part player.
The former El Mokawloon star could only make three appearances in the Premier League for Chelsea this season, creating only one chance in the process. Last season Salah scored two goals and created nine chances in 10 league matches.
Is Salah a big threat?
Salah joined Fiorentina essentially as a replacement for star winger Juan Cuadrado, who moved to Chelsea on a permanent contract as part of the deal that brought the Egyptian to Florence.
However, the youngster is not at the level of the Colombia international, who is much quicker and has better all-round skills.
Perhaps it would not be fair to judge Salah based on his one year at Chelsea as he was not given as many chances as he should have.
But it also raises the question as to why Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho did not given his chances, especially this season when he had some good experience of the Premier League.
Was Salah not good enough for the first team on a regular basis? Was he good only as a back-up in case of injury or suspension?
Tottenham should not take Salah’s threat lightly in the two legs of the last-32 tie, but at the same time they should be relieved that they do not have to face Cuadrado.
Although Salah has played against Fiorentina with Basel and has Premier League experience, given the form the Tottenham defenders are in at the moment, they should be confident of negating his threat.