Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salah is ‘complete’ player, claims former Derby star

Francesco Baiano has praised the ability of Fiorentina’s on-loan Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.

Mohamed Salah has made three appearances for the Viola since joining on loan on transfer deadline day from Chelsea.

Moving to Italy as Juan Cuadrado headed to Stamford Bridge, the Egyptian international has been an instant success for the Serie A club, scoring one goal and creating another in his three games. He has already made up for the loss of the Colombian winger, and he could be offered a permanent switch to Fiorentina when the loan deal expires.

Salah played the full 90 minutes as Fiorentina secured a 1-1 draw with Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and impressed for the duration of the game. His performance certainly suggested that he would still be able to cut it in the Premier League if the Blues end up recalling him from his loan, and former top flight striker Francesco Baiano has called the 22-year-old a ‘complete player’ and praised the Viola for securing him for free in the transfer market.

Baiano - who scored 16 goals in 64 games for Derby County in the 1990s - also played for Fiorentina, and he discussed Salah in an interview with Italian media outlet TMW.

The now-retired striker said: “He is dynamic, technical, a complete player. Fiorentina have done great business selling Cuadrado. They found a lot of money to invest and a great player in return for free.”

If Salah continues to impress in the manner he has been, there's a chance Fiorentina will lose their Cuadrado replacement to Chelsea - the club they sold the Colombian superstar to.

If the Blues can prove that he has developed enough to get into their first-team, the youngster may choose to return to Stamford Bridge.

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