Ashley Cole admits he did NOT think Mohamed Salah had what it takes to become world class

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‘To be honest, no’: Ashley Cole admits he did NOT think former Chelsea team-mate Mohamed Salah had what it takes to become world class… but hails Liverpool star’s ‘ruthless’ streak

  • Ashley Cole admits he didn’t see Mohamed Salah becoming the player he is now
  • Both Cole and Salah played together at the Blues in 2014 before both moved on
  • Salah went on to enjoy success at Roma before becoming a star at Liverpool
  • The Egyptian has gone on to win several accolades as well as break records 

Ashley Cole has admitted that he didn’t think Mohamed Salah would reach the heights he has having played with the Egyptian at Chelsea in 2014.

Cole would depart for Roma at the end of Salah’s first year at Stamford Bridge where the forward struggled to nail down a first-team place before being loaned out to Fiorentina in 2015. 

Salah would then eventually link back up with Cole at Roma the year after before the Blues decided to cash in on the winger by selling him for what now seems a bargain £16million to Roma in 2016.

Ashley Cole has admitted that he didn't see Mohamed Salah becoming the player he is now

Ashley Cole has admitted that he didn’t see Mohamed Salah becoming the player he is now

The former Chelsea left back applauded Salah's ruthlessness since making the move to Anfield

The former Chelsea left back applauded Salah’s ruthlessness since making the move to Anfield

Salah caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest club at the Stadio Olimpico and it was Liverpool that won the race to sign the prolific goalscorer in 2017.

He didn’t stop there as the 26-year-old went on to break records in his debut season at Anfield, winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot and Player of the Season accolades.

While his impact in England has been massive, Cole insisted that he didn’t see it coming judging on what he saw when he trained with the Egyptian at Cobham. 

Salah kisses his Premier League Golden Boot trophy

The Egyptian poses with his Premier League Player of the Season award

Salah won Premier League’s Golden Boot and Player of the Season awards in 2017-18 season

Both Cole (centre) and Salah (right) played together at the Blues in 2014 before both moved on

Both Cole (centre) and Salah (right) played together at the Blues in 2014 before both moved on

When asked if he saw Salah’s meteoric rise coming, Cole admitted: ‘To be honest, no. I saw in training the ability that he had but he seems to have become more ruthless. 

‘I don’t mean selfish in a bad way but he wants to score goals. That’s his job. He needs to score goals.

‘Him, [Roberto] Firmino and [Sadio] Mane all play well together but I think he’s become a little bit more “it’s about me now, it’s my time”. He’s had enough of the other players being in the shadow and he wants to be the main man.’

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