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After three fairly anonymous performances since his 11 million move from FC Basel, there were a few among the Chelsea faithful who were beginning to question the motives behind the signing of Mohamed Salah. Having sold Juan Mata to United, were Chelsea rushed into the signing just to cover the hole left by the Spaniard's departure? Had this signing just been a repeat of the Willian saga, a pretentious flexing of our financial muscles against a rival?

In response to Salah's recent performance, or lack of, at Manchester City, Mourinho has come out and spoken about the Egyptian ahead of our clash with Everton on Saturday.

Mourinho had this to say-

'He was not in the game [against City]. He has that [pace] but he was not in the game.

"It`s important for him to come step by step and try to improve and adapt. This is a different world, a different quality of football he comes from.'

"You know, playing at Stamford Bridge is not the same as playing for Basle. With Basle you play to enjoy your time and you have nothing to lose. While in the blue shirt, you have 40,000 people that you are required to please. Everyone wants you to be decisive, all the time.

"So I think Mohamed needs six months to adapt our game and the demands of the Premier League.

"I am calm and I`m telling him he has time because we have confidence in him. I think next season is Mohamed Salah`s breakthrough season."


Do you agree with Mourinho's analysis of the situation or is this another ploy to adhere to FFP? When he played against us for Basel, I wasn't exactly blown away by the lad. Time will tell and I for one certainly hope the buy is justified.

Up the Blues!




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Date:Tuesday February 18 2014

Time: 7:22PM

Your Comments

Tactically, I guess you do get where he comes from. But only time will tell his real quality.
TheBlueFan
Given his young age, he deserves the benefit of any doubts we have, so yes give him time to adapt & let's hope Jose's right. Not too many players, even premiership proven ones, hit the ground running after a winter move & lacking the bedding in period allowed by a pre season
analooish
I certainly hope so. During recent years we seemed to be buying many of the opposing wingers who have played against us. Does it say that they are good (enough for us) or do we have a problem with speedy wingers playing against us? I don't see Salah as a first eleven player but he could develop into a good squad player.
1970Blue
yea jose is right always.blind folded by mou mind games.mata will remain better than schulla and salah until proven on the pitch.
mzee69
He does not have the dribbling ability or decisiveness of hazard but he is faster than hazard . I believe he I'll come good for us overtime. ,my concern is for Schurrle, what has happened to the guy, the way things are going he might get into the Germany world cup team which would be a shame. He would have been a more effective player on the pitch against man city than the inept Ramires
Dwonder
Just think back to Bale when he was first announced as star in the making. "One trick pony" and similar quotes all around.. Give Salah a chance.
KinkyPermipichkin
He looks terrible.
ddrogba
After some time,we'l see how he progresses.its an investment n time is a vital component in any investment venture,so let us be patient.
blue5
yaa jose he need six month after six month we will buy another winger and will loan salah to other club....the next moses in the making....
shlok27
everyone should have seen drogba at 21! christ he was crap.some players blossom later than others. saying that the guy has won individual awards for his last season at basel. player of the year in the league i think i see. Willian's first few games he looked awful,schurrle still does! schurrle looks a terrible signing so far! but i bet people will say he hasn't had enough minutes or has only signed. lets see if they give the same response to Salah? bet not. i slated us for signing Willian as i really didn't rate him and looked right for his first few months. now! he is undroppable.
Dave-David
well i don't know what mou is talking about when he says salah 'needs six needs months'. oscar came here and we needed a performance and he gave us that, same as mata, luiz, rami (even though he didn't start all brightly we still demanded he steps up), even most recently matic! not to mention the pressure we put on the machearans, kakutas, chalobahs, akes amongst others. We can be patient with a player if he doesn't start very brightly but we can't conveniently say we give him six months. That's a luxury most players in chelsea don't get. We demand that he starts giving us glimpes and i mean real quick.
kolagold25
I don't think that will happen as fast as you guys want. Matic is much more finished product than Salah, same with other players as well. I really look forward to Salah after Mourinho works his magic on him. I think he can be exactly what Mourinho wants. Direct pace that obliterates obstacles and scores on the counter. :)
KinkyPermipichkin
@kinky, same with other players?? oscar? hazard? josh? kakuta? the list is endless bro
kolagold25
I agree. But this one is obviously Moutinho's wish so I am guessing he knows what he wants to make out of the boy..
zg2000fs
If Jose says that then why play him ahead of schurrle can't understand it myself
herefordchelsea
@Zg2000, he should have just said something else i feel. nobody told we fans to give fernando 3years or drogba a year or two amongst others. We are generally patient fans when it comes to players. But when you say 6months, then it becomes questionable when some other players don't get their own fair share. Just saying.
kolagold25
@kola - very true. I see what you are saying and I can agree with that. I kind of feel that Salah is so far more of a Mourinho buy, and maybe I am a bit personal and over the top here, I feel I understand what Mourinho wants with Salah. I hope he can make it from him as well. I am not saying someone doesn't deserve the same, but maybe Mou feels he can't make that someone into what he will make Salah. But yeah, I agree with you that he maybe should have said something else, and yeah, it is strange how some players can't get a look into the team nowdays, and new fresh unproven ones are sliding into it a bit undeservedly so.. especially if they don't immediately offer more than those already here.
KinkyPermipichkin
Kalou 2.0
foreign_viewer
You are saying it as if Kalou wasn't a good player for Chelsea, which is ridiculous.
KinkyPermipichkin
@kinky, nice one mate, first of i see this salah buy as a 2.0 shawn wright phillips project. That project the last time he was here wasn't really successful and was pretty expensive but i will like to see how this one goes. Talking about undeservedly, i think mou made up his mind to assess the players till the winter window for him to make his move. plus our unexpected challenge for the BPL also triggered him to go with some shots/transfers.
kolagold25
I think the referee Salah after 3 games mean almost 60 minutes play all the minutes he played since he came to the club is not fair at all
silvoo
Salah is a shorter version of Malouda.
ddrogba
And a much faster version of Malouda.
KinkyPermipichkin
And again, Malouda was great for Chelsea until the season where he was relegated to reserves.
KinkyPermipichkin
Malouda underperformed. He did very well under Carlo who brought the best out of him in our Double. Then, regressed again. I would not call him great.
ddrogba
Feel so bad for Shirley although I'm not privy to what is going on on the training ground and in the dressing room. Really like his work ethic and enthusiasm.
ForeverChels
 

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