Egypt’s Salah makes debuts with Chelsea

Egypt’s forward Mohamed Salah made his first debut with the Chelsea Football Club this season in a 4-2 match against Swansea City. (File photo: AFP)

Egypt’s forward Mohamed Salah made his first debut with the Chelsea Football Club this season in a 4-2 match against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.

Salah entered the pitch in the 81st minute, making his first appearance of the season after replacing Cesc Fabregas.

“The lack of regular football with the Blues started to take its toll on him after he produced a couple of below-par performances in Egypt's defeats by Senegal and Tunisia in their opening two African Nations Cup qualifiers,” Egypt’s Ahram Online reported, criticizing Salah’s lack of wider exposure.

Start to life

Meanwhile, Diego Costa continued his stunning start to life at Chelsea with a hat-trick in the match.

Costa, who now has seven goals from his first four Premier League games, helped Chelsea come out on top against the only other team with a 100 percent record after Swansea had taken the lead with an early John Terry own goal, Reuters reported.

Chelsea fans probably did not need reminding just how big an upgrade Diego Costa was on his predecessor Fernando Torres but just in case any doubts remained about their new striker’s pedigree, they were emphatically dismissed against Swansea.

His manager Jose Mourinho certainly needs no convincing of the striker’s importance at Stamford Bridge.

“Diego Costa is one of the best strikers we have at this moment in football. The team is an attacking team that creates a lot, creates spaces for a striker,” he said.

New signing Loic Remy grabbed his first Chelsea goal before Jonjo Shelvey netted a consolation late on, leaving the west London side two points clear at the top and five ahead of title rivals Manchester City.

Martin Demichelis scored with a late looping header for City after moments of sublime skill from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez had briefly turned the match in Arsenal’s favor, following Sergio Aguero’s opener.

(With Reuters)

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