At the end of the transfer winter transfer window Chelsea paid £23.3 million for the services of Juan Cuadrado, the figure could even rise up to £27 million depending on bonuses. Heading in the other way to Fiorentina was Mohamed Salah. He was dubbed as a flop during his short stint at Chelsea, playing only thirty minutes in this season. However, Mohamed has managed to turn things around since his first day at Fiorentina. The Italian club hasn’t lost in any of Salah’s six appearances for the club, winning four times and drawing twice.
Salah was excited following the completion of his six months loan move. “I am truly happy to be here. I really hope this is a step forward in my career. I know that my move to Fiorentina has generated a lot of interest in Egypt and I hope I can do well and help the team succeed.” The Chelsea loanee was totally right in taking this decision, although he could have won the Capital One Cup had he stayed in England, he’s becoming a hero here. He netted the winner for the Viola against Inter last weekend and prior to that, he scored in the win over Tottenham Hotspur’s in the Europa League and Sassuolo in the league. He also netted Fiorentina’s only goal in the 1-1 draw against Torino. Thanks to him, his new club is not missing Cuadrado at all. In fact, Salah is more attacking than the Colombian and he has a knack for scoring more often. He has everything to be the winger in a 4-3-3 or the second striker alongside Mario Gomez and Khouma Babacar.
The task at hand is getting tougher, Fiorentina face Roma in the next round of the Europa League while Lazio and Napoli are still ahead of them in the race for a Champions League spot. Fiorentina are unbeaten since the sixth of January but they travel to Turin to face Serie A champions and leaders Juventus in Thursday’s first-leg semifinal of the Coppa Italia. Four days later, they take on Lazio in an important league clash while the game against Roma isn’t far away. They are still fighting on three fronts and Salah’s availability could help them achieve at least one of their goals in these competitions. Salah’s first Europa League goal was against Tottenham in the 2012-13 season, two seasons on, he scored against them again and this time he’s hoping his team can go all the way to the final. His coach Vincenzo Montella is impressed with his performance, there is sufficient reasons to believe that the loan move could become a permanent one by the summer. “I wanted to make the most of Salah’s extraordinary form that is why I chose him ahead of Alberto Gilardino. I know that when a player is going through that kind of form, it’s the duty of a coach to encourage it. I think he can play any position in attack. He attacks the space well and is very good at getting straight into the tempo of a game when coming off the bench.”
Salah is the type of player that any coach would want to have on his team, he offers diversity. He can play in different positions. This reduces the coach’s headache in trying to select a player over another. Montella knows that he can utilize him wherever needed and still get high performance out of him. He has hit the ground running in Serie A, his recent form is helping him regain the status and name he built at Basel, but it’s important for him to realize that his career at Fiorentina is not just a stepping stone to join a bigger club but rather improve himself even further and be at the disposal of both his club and national team.