How Mohamed Salah won against his teammates after ‘not looking good’ in the first training session
In 2021, Mohamed Salah’s reputation precedes him. Widely recognized as one of the most exciting and talented strikers in the game, few would question the Liverpool star’s credentials.
But go back six years and that’s a whole different story for a player who was always looking to make a name for himself in European football.
After 18 months with Chelsea who only saw him play 19 times, the Egyptian was a player who needed a fresh start.
Fiorentina expected it, when they loaned it out during the January 2015 transfer window.
In 26 games for the Italians, Salah showed glimpses of the talent he would become, scoring nine times in all competitions.
That deal would eventually be cut short, with their Serie A rivals Roma taking it, first on loan, then in a permanent deal.
But his former Viola teammate Alessandro Diamanti admitted that his colleagues at Firorentina took a long time to convince after a less than impressive introduction.
“The first time he came to Fiorentina, no one knew Salah. He was from Chelsea, but he didn’t play much, ”Diamanti told the
“In the first training session with Fiorentina, he didn’t do very well.
“Everyone was like, ‘How did Chelsea get this player? Maybe that’s why he came to Fiorentina!
“His first workout, he was just normal, we expected something more from him.”
However, it didn’t take long for them to change their minds, with the former West Ham striker quickly realizing just how special their new signing really was.
He recalls: “Then in his first home game against Atalanta, a game I scored in, he played the last 30 minutes and we started like, ‘Hmmm he’s fast this guy, he has rhythm ‘.
“And after two weeks, well, he was amazing, amazing! He was fast, he scored, dribbled, he was talented. Unbelievable.
“He wasn’t as good as he was now. He improved a lot in the years that followed. Especially its finish.
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