The Egyptian has become one of Europe’s most fearsome goalscorers since leaving the Blues in 2016
Ashley Cole admits he did not expect Mohamed Salah to blossom into a world class footballer after playing alongside the Egyptian at Chelsea.
Salah, the Liverpool star, came back to haunt his former side with a thunderbolt against them during the Reds’ 2-0 victory at Anfield on Sunday.
Salah was not given many opportunities at Chelsea
The strike puts him alongside Sergio Aguero on 19 for the season – while last term Salah broke the record for most goals in a single Premier League campaign.
But the Egypt international’s emergence as one of world football’s most prolific forwards has taken former team-mate Cole by surprise.
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The pair played together at Stamford Bridge in 2014, where Salah struggled to nail down a first-team place and eventually left for Roma in 2016 after being loaned out to Fiorentina the year prior.
When asked if he saw the 26-year-old becoming the player he is today, Cole said: “To be honest, no.
“I saw in training the ability that he had but he seems to have become more ruthless.
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“I don’t mean selfish in a bad way but he wants to score goals. That’s his job. He needs to score goals.
“Him, [Roberto] Firmino and [Sadio] Mane all play well together but I think he’s become a little bit more ‘it’s about me now, it’s my time’. He’s had enough of the other players being in the shadow and he wants to be the main man.”