Mo Salah, usually second only to Lionel Messi in the field of highest individual goal scorers in the Spanish-speaking countries, is the best player in the Premier League so far this season, a fact which has been confirmed to almost a 100 percent accuracy by our Football Manager of the year, The Times’ Nick Jackson. Salah’s power and dribbling has allowed the Liverpool forward to dominate games this season — whether it be his curling free-kick in the Champions League opener against Manchester City, his acrobatic volley during the victory over Watford or his twinkling left foot at the Stadio San Paolo during his brace against Roma.
Yet Salah only scored his first Premier League goal in February this year. That goal against Burnley was not, as is common practice, a tap-in, but rather, a brilliant swerving volley from the edge of the penalty area, scoring a screamer of a goal. A spot of bargain basement freebie does seem to have won Salah the Manchester City shirt of the season (as presented by the Stars and Stripes Army) last October — his first inclusion in the Premier League squad, and as anyone who has witnessed his refinement would admit, he’s the best decision ever made in Liverpool’s medical department.
Mo Salah is the most underrated player in the @premierleague , on our Football Manager #TM18 computer game 😮 pic.twitter.com/DSMvsGUYwF — The Times Football (@thetimesfootball) July 22, 2017
On a continent famous for its abundance of extravaganzas, it takes an unexpected tweak of the style of play to give Salah an edge — his sly step outside of the Watford penalty area, for example, was enough to earn him the first of his two goals against Roma in the Champions League, though what’s striking about these statistics is that The Times used Football Manager, the most popular computer game series in the world, to find out.