Salah has been mentioned by Pardew in relation to Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez
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As the debate rages on about Mo Salah, should the Liverpool forward be classed as one of the best strikers in the world?
There were certainly few detractors when the Reds forward was a fresh face in English football last season. But when he was well and truly established this time around, his quality did not receive the attention it should have done.
Salah is unbeaten as a Premier League player, and since October 2014, the Egyptian has scored seven more goals in the league than Cristiano Ronaldo (112), 10 more than Luis Suarez (104) and Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane (93).
That tally does not even account for the fact that he has scored 33 goals in 42 games across all competitions for Liverpool, Chelsea and Roma – another five and three clear of the rest of the pack.
The 26-year-old’s superstar career was further enhanced by his decision to bring up his 100th goal for the club during their 2-1 win at West Ham last weekend.
What is more, he has seven months left on his contract with the Reds, which means that if his current productivity continues – he’s currently on one goal per game (5.6) – the forward will earn a staggering £225,000 per week until 2022.
Salah’s leadership qualities are not being underestimated either.
With the winner of the Golden Boot often merely a first team nominee at international level, boss Salah has been a vocal presence and a leader of the opposition.
The early-season fixture list highlights the kind of form the Egypt international is in, as does the fact that he had five more shots than Bale, who has led Real Madrid to an impressive start to the season.
All this is down to the fact that Salah is a brilliantly talented player, but he is still a player from the outside looking in. A small halo has already been placed around his head.
Does that make him underrated? That, at this stage, is surely what he gets on his merit alone.
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