Mohamed Salah was crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, and while he received plenty of praise, Chelsea were mocked over their decision to sell him.
The Egyptian international signed for the Blues in 2013, but after struggling for regular playing time and a prominent role at Stamford Bridge, he was twice loaned out to Fiorentina and Roma before securing a permanent move with the latter.
Still only young at that stage, it’s evident now that perhaps the move to England came too soon for him, but after impressing in Italy, he returned to the Premier League last summer with Liverpool.
He’s gone on to enjoy a stellar first season with the Reds, scoring 41 goals and providing 13 assists in 46 appearances, and he was certainly deserving of his PFA award at the weekend.
In many cases, the former club who didn’t show enough faith tend to receive criticism from their own supporters and rivals. However, in Chelsea’s defence, few would have predicted that Salah would produce such sensational form this year.
The 25-year-old has undoubtedly taken his game to the next level, and coupled with Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne also being among the favourites to win the PFA award, another ex-Chelsea player, questions have to be asked of their hierarchy and decision-making in recent years.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that they sold Salah who has now gone to flourish for a direct rival, and as seen in the comments below, many couldn’t help themselves but troll Chelsea over the decision and the question marks that were raised over the Liverpool winger when he first arrived on Merseyside last summer.
The Blues haven’t done too badly without him given they’ve won two Premier League titles in the last three years, but they could certainly have done with this Salah now.
Chelsea let Salah and de Brunye leave. Someone needs sacking.
— Andy Forbes (@Forbesy602) April 22, 2018
Jose Mourinho at Chelsea told Salah to come back when he is a footballer.
— RoadTripMoments® (@RoadTripMoments) April 23, 2018
He was just a Chelsea reject. He couldn’t finish. He was never going to make it. Awful signing from Liverpool. £37m wasted on another Juan Cuadrado. Go fuck yourselves. We have Mo Salah. He’s won player of the year in his first full season. Haha #AllezAllezAllez ? pic.twitter.com/mrM3HjhGok
— Conor (@irishred2005) April 22, 2018
— Franck Gullit (@FranckGullit) April 22, 2018
Congratulations Mo Salah on being named 2017/2018 PFA player of the year,well deserved
Chelsea and Mourinho is the unlucky pair that has lost all the great players who’ve gone ahead to perform remarkably well for other football clubs
— Pye Waw (@pyewaw) April 22, 2018
Mo Salah went from being on the bench at Chelsea, to starting every game at #LFC and winning the PFA Player’s Player of the Year in his first season. Levels ?
— Rahul (@_RahulTanna) April 22, 2018
How ironic, yet iconic would it be if Salah broke the Premier League goal-scoring record against his former club, Chelsea…..
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) April 22, 2018
Mo Salah returned to England and bossed the league after he was written off based on a difficult period at Chelsea.
PFA Player of the year.
An emphatic lesson in how to shred the prediction of the doubters.
— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) April 22, 2018
Just a Chelsea reject though, right?
— THE LFC POLL (@TheLFCPoll) April 22, 2018
— Dylan Jones (@dylslam24) April 23, 2018
Chelsea flops are running the pl.
Mo salah won the pfa, kbd doing bits and lukaku always scoring 15+ goals. All the credit goes to one and only jose mou. What a absolute legend.
— Prakash neupane (@Gooner_prakash) April 23, 2018