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As Liverpool face Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday, we look at the statistics that prove Mo Salah is the underrated star
Mo Salah: like Golden Boot and Golden Chin – that’s two records he’ll have to chase on Sunday evening
Salah is the clear frontrunner for the Golden Boot so far, with six goals in seven Premier League games. Even with Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud left out of his starting XI, Salah still looks well in contention for the golden boot. And he’s the only man yet to be booked.
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But who is Salah? Do the stats back up the hype, or are they slightly misleading? Is he the Golden Boot winner or the least-recognised man in the Premier League? Let’s see what they say…
Salah’s goal-to-game ratio (one goal per 0.66 goals), is on the more modest side for a forward of his talents, but his ranking is undoubtedly high for a forward of his repute. A player as effective, that can create chances as well as hit the back of the net, and one that can also operate in the role of creator is to be valued highly. He’s right up there with Messi and Ronaldo in this regard.
Salah’s standard, calculated for individual goals in all football competitions, is currently 15.87. This would put him 12th, if he had a ranking at the start of the season. What we do know is, it is the most for a forward so far, and is the standard within which his other stats fall.
Mo Salah’s season thus far
Salah’s season so far will be considered by many a good one for a striker. His appearances (27) is the most for any forward, and his goals (13) are the most by any forward at this stage of the season. His performance in the Europa League final confirmed him as one of the Premier League’s most influential players. His record against Chelsea also gives you further confidence, having taken 13 goals in 19 appearances against them in all competitions.
Salah’s last match record
Having already broken Chelsea’s scoring record, Salah faced his very next opponent on Sunday. The last time he faced Arsenal, he won 3-1.