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'Devastating' Mohamed Salah impressing early at Fiorentina

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Mohamed Salah scored another goal on Thursday, his third in just five appearances since joining Fiorentina on loan at the end of the January transfer window.  If you're counting, that's already one more than he's scored in all the 12 months previous at Stamford Bridge.  But who's counting, right?  Oh, and he's also got an assist. Grumble, grumble.

Needless to say, Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Montella is right pleased.

"Salah is a player that, even if he takes some breaks, is devastating over 40 or 50 yards."

"Who did better out of the Cuadrado exchange? Fiorentina earned a lot of money and, on the pitch, they are similar players."

-Vincenzo Montella; source: Goal

While no one's ever doubted Salah's burst of pace, let's revisit this issue in a little while, shall we?  Let's not jump to hasty prognostications.  And what's that bit about taking breaks?

That being said, Montella does mention that Chelsea remain high on Salah's prospects.

"Mourinho has a lot of choices, sometimes some players do not integrate with a team for many reasons. He was a redemption but I think they trust him much more."

"Given how much [Chelsea] are asking for him, I think they have high hopes in him."

-Vincenzo Montella; source: King Fut

Salah's departing memory of Stamford Bridge was the 2-4 shocker against Bradford City, but perhaps that won't be the last time we see him in Chelsea Blue.

Here's Salah's goal from Thursday against Tottenham Hotspur.  Spot the bit that's all sorts of Spursy.

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