Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Star Spurs sold for £6m labeled ‘more gifted’ than Mo Salah

Star Spurs sold for £6m labeled ‘more gifted’ than Mo Salah

Mido, a former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United misfit, was ‘more technically gifted’ than Liverpool’s Premier League superstar and fellow Egypt international Mo Salah, according to ex-Zamalek coach Helmy Toulan.

Whether biased or not, you won’t find many Spurs fans willing to support Toulan’s comments.

Mido, after all, only scored once in 12 Premier League games during his one and only season as a permanent member of Tottenham’s squad before being sold to Middlesbrough for £6 million after falling down Tottenham’s pecking order.

Mido also had forgettable spells at West Ham and Wigan, whereas compatriot Salah has established himself not only as a Liverpool legend, but as one of the most iconic footballers in English Premier League history.

‘More technical ’ than Liverpool’s Mo Salah?

“In terms of ability, Mido is more technically gifted,” argues Toulan, the 72-year-old recently seen at Cairo-based ENPPI SC 

“But his habits never allowed him to fulfil his potential. I coached him when he was 16 and I know what he can do. 

“What Mohamed Salah achieved hasn’t been done by any Egyptian player before. His incredible mentality and his smart agent (Ramy Abbas) helped him get to where he is now.”

Salah’s form, like that of his club, has plummeted since signing a new long-term contract at Anfield on July 1st. This season, there have only been two goals in eight league games.

Jurgen Klopp even dragged the former Roma winger off the field after another anonymous performance in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli easily outperformed Salah in North London.

“It’s a good question!” a beleaguered Klopp said when asked why he removed his talismanic forward from the proceedings when Liverpool needed a goal in North London.

“I thought we had to defend again on a high level. And we tried to put Hendo (Jordan Henderson) on that side. Mo had an unbelievable workload and put in a real shift. And that, sometimes, is intense, so that is why we changed it.  

“We still wanted to win, even though we took a striker off.” 

Liverpool are off to their worst start to a season in Klopp’s tenure. They are tenth in the table, having won only two of their nine games.

A Bournemouth team that lost 9-0 at Anfield only a few weeks ago is now two places higher in the table.

Star Spurs sold for £6m labeled ‘more gifted’ than Mo Salah