Why Chelsea did not make a mistake by loaning out Mohamed Salah

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Chelsea have been criticised for loaning out Mohamed Salah to Fiorentina.

Egyptian international Salah signed on loan with Fiorentina until the end of next season as part of the deal that saw Juan Cuadrado sign with the Blues.

The Serie A club secured a right to purchase option in the loan deal, and currently it appears as if they won the best deal in the player-exchange.

Salah, at 22-years-old, is four years younger than Cuadrado, and has already been outdoing his form in Italy.

In seven games for the Viola, Salah has netted an incredible six goals, the same tally that Cuadrado managed in his 23 games with Fiorentina this season.

The Colombian international has yet to find the back of the net in five outings for the Blues, and he has seemingly struggled to adapt to English football.

The duo’s conflicting form has led many to criticise Chelsea for their loss of Salah, but the Blues have made no mistake in letting go of the promising winger.

Despite his early start in Italy, Salah’s year at Stamford Bridge did little to suggest that he could cut it at the top level of the Premier League. Chances to impress were wasted at many opportunities, and he has never consistently proven himself.

Salah's current run of form is likely a rare occurrence, and it will raise his valuation when the right to buy deal is utilised.

In Cuadrado, Chelsea secured a player who has consistently performed in Serie A, mirroring Salah’s recent form, but for an extended period of time.

Although his start in England has been slow, Salah has played much more football than Salah in recent years - including appearances at the World Cup - and he appears to be struggling from fatigue problems whenever he takes to the field.

The calls for Salah to return to Chelsea are very much par for the course in a sport so dominated by the short-term view as football.

Salah's start has been exceptional, but the chances of Cuadrado improving to Chelsea’s level are far more likely than the Egyptian keeping up his good form.

There is no doubt that the Blues knew exactly what they were doing when they allowed Salah to leave as part of the exchange deal, and Jose Mourinho’s management should be trusted - regardless of the winger’s start in Italy.

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