The machine of goals and decisive passes .. Will Salah break Alan Shearer’s historical record?

“This is a super striker, who has everything a modern game needs. He doesn’t have an obvious weakness, is fast, has a killer left foot, is able to anticipate spaces in and around the box, perfect build, strength, speed with and without the ball and his goal-scoring instinct. This is a great footballer. but the greatest

– Alan Shearer (1)

At the same stage of Salah’s first historic season in the 2017-2018 Premier League, that is, after exactly 18 rounds, the Egyptian winger had scored 14 goals and assisted 4 others, meaning that he had participated in a total of 18 goals. Now, Salah has reached this number to 24. Stop for a moment, and remember that the first number was achieved in the season in which Salah broke all the historical records of the Premier League in scoring, then go back to the current season and imagine that he succeeded in beating him, at least for the moment (2). 3).

Most of this numerical difference (6 additional participations) came from creating goals, which rose from 4 to 9 at this point in the two seasons, which is logical, as how can you beat the historical number that has stood until now in scoring? Creating more goals, of course. The number of goals Salah has made so far, i.e. before the mid-season in one round (9 goals), is approximately equal to the number of goals he made in the entire historic 2017-2018 season (10 goals).

This is what tempted Matt Furness, editor of The Analyst, with the question: Is Salah going to the next level? Does he break the record for the number of goalscoring posts – by registration and industry – in one season? Will he be the man who came to the Premier League and conquered all who preceded him before he left? Will he finish the season leading the scoring and assisting lists as he is now? (4) (5)

So far, this list includes 8 individual seasons, the greatest in the history of the Premier League for attacking players, bottomed by Thierry Henry with 39 participations in the 2004-2005 season, tied with Drogba and Van Persie with the same number of participations in the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 seasons, respectively, Then Salah tops them with 42 participations in the 2017-2018 season, then Luis Suarez with 43 participations in 2013-2014, and then Thierry Henry appears again with 44 in the 2002-2003 season, and finally Andy Cole and Alan Shearer tied at the top with 47 participations – imagine the number! – In the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 seasons with Newcastle and Blackburn, respectively, and with the same outcome details; 34 goals and 13 assists (4).

hero mentality

Some important answers are often in the last place we expect. For example, the negative rest that Salah obtained before the start of the current season played a major role in reaching this physical and mental level in the early stages of the season. No one got any significant rest before the start of last season due to the cohesion of matches. As for the summer of 2018, Salah spent a long travel through Russia during the World Cup, especially if you knew that the Egyptian mission at the time chose a distant city to reside based on non-sporting considerations that do not need to go into in which (1).

In his explanation, Klopp’s trusted first assistant, Pep Leanders, chose this exact answer: rest. Salah divided his time during the vacation between the beach and the gym, and was understanding of Liverpool’s decision to prevent him from traveling to Tokyo with the Egyptian Olympic team, and this reflected positively on his condition when he arrived at the Austria summer camp (6).

This self-evident reason – the convenience – may be the most important of all, because the second reason that Leenders mentioned during his interview with “The Athletic” last October, is simply no longer present. Klopp’s assistant mentioned what he called “the link between the elements of the right-side connection”, and what he meant was the different roles of the 8th position or the right third midfielder, accompanied by Arnold and Salah, which he played at the beginning of the season, the young Harvey Elliott before his tragic injury And through this triangle, Klopp and Leanders got a midfielder closer to the wing who can get out of the line, dribble and excel in one-on-one duos, to allow Salah to slip into the half-spaces and get closer to the box (6).

All this was happening against the background of its hero, Arnold himself, who was moving deep into the field in an attempt to secure the team’s defense in the event of losing the ball, in a delicate and exquisite relay similar to what Pep Guardiola was doing with Philip Lahm in Bayern and Cancello in City now, with the differences in the details Among the three cases, of course.

Despite this injury, Salah succeeded in continuing with the scoring rates and the mythical industry even after Henderson returned to his previous position in this space, which is explained by the Dutch coach with the mentality of Salah, who entered the season determined to regain the Golden Boot, and achieve more championships with Liverpool, despite all the pressure. borne by the stalled renewal negotiations, and the scattered news here and there about the possibility of his departure.

We are in front of a man who is not only able to face the pressure, but his degree of concentration makes him present his best levels in this situation, while we have seen many players lose whole seasons to the renewal negotiations, and they cannot provide the minimum acceptable level.

mandatory path

In the 2017-2018 season, Salah played 36 matches in the Premier League, and if we try to draw a statistical path for the remainder of the current season, assuming that he will be able to play the same number of matches, his continuation at this rate of scoring and creating goals will be enough to exceed Shearer and Cole’s number with one goal He has scored more goals in one season by 48 (2) (3).

What makes this possibility tempting is the fact that Salah outperformed himself in the second half of the 2017-2018 season. While he scored 14 goals and made 4 in the first half, he managed to score 18 and assist 6 in the second half of the season, meaning that he is likely to surpass Salah. The number with a comfortable difference makes it preserved in his name for a long time (3).

The second number that Salah may break this season is the number of consecutive matches that witnessed his participation with a goal (record or industry), and he is currently standing at 15 consecutive matches, tied with Jamie Vardy’s achievement in the 2015-2016 season at the top of the list, another number that Salah may keep For himself if he managed to score or assist against Leeds in the nineteenth round of the Premier League (4).

The only problem with all of the above may be the current negotiations over the date of holding the African Cup of Nations, which may deprive Salah of any opportunity to break Shearer’s number or even equal it. Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, has stated that he supports postponing it to the summer so that European clubs are not affected while the leagues heat up. In fact, what will happen to Liverpool this season if Salah, Mane and Keita lose for a whole month in the middle of the season, it will be a clear warning to all the big European clubs from contracting with key African players or relying on them in the future (7) (8).

The record remains just a number in the end, you did not need to read the name of Shearer, Drogba, Henry or Van Persie in the above list to know that they were one of the greatest strikers in the Premier League in its history, but the numbers still have their own magic that summarizes many details for future generations.

Most importantly, achieving such a number, regardless of whether Liverpool won titles this season or not, may make Salah the first Arab player to win the Golden Ball. Another achievement that no longer means much in common sense, but still deserves to be proud nonetheless.

Salah has everything he needs to break Shearer’s record, who tops the list of all-time top scorers in the Premier League with 260 goals, but he does not need him to prove his current advantage over the rest of the world’s strikers with a noticeable difference that is difficult to dispute. The idea here is not in accumulating meaningless scoring statistics, but in the fact that these statistics do not give Salah his right to appreciate this season. And wasted it, nor the fact that it became unstoppable in any way possible. This is what Shearer himself believes, and if you do not believe us, you have only to return to the quote with which we opened this article (9).



  1. Shot, timing and genius.. Alan Shearer analyzes Salah’s goals – The Athletic
  2. Mohamed Salah’s scoring record in the 2017-2018 season – Transfermarkt
  3. Mohamed Salah’s scoring record in the 2021-2022 season – Transfermarkt
  4. Most goals scored in a season – The Analyst
  5. Statistics of Premier League players during the current season 2021-2022 – Premier League official website
  6. Comfort, mentality and communication between the elements of the right front .. the secret of Salah’s brilliance this season – The Athletic
  7. Africa Cup of Nations 2021.. CAF President Motsepe confirms that the competitions will be exceptional – BBC
  8. Africa Cup of Nations 2022.. FIFA President Gianni Infantino supports the option to postpone with an expected threat to hold the FIFA Club World Cup – Inews
  9. Is Mohamed Salah the best player in the world right now? – The Athletic

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