Mo Salah equals Newcastle United duo’s record
Mo Salah has made an incredible start to his career at Liverpool.
How Chelsea must regret selling the winger/attacker for only £12m to Roma 12 months ago, only a year later heading off to Liverpool for around three times that figure.
However, it is stats on the pitch and not transfer fees that have caught the eye so far, the player scoring 21 Premier League goals already.
When you add in his six PL assists, it means Mo Salah has been involved in 27 goals in his first 25 Premier League games for Liverpool.
This has equalled a longstanding record held by two Newcastle players.
Martin Tyler in his excellent stats column for Sky Sports, revealing that in the 1993/94 season, Andy Cole also got 27 goals and assists combined in his first 25 Premier League appearances for Newcastle.
Then in the 1996/97 season, Alan Shearer did the same when signing for Kevin Keegan and his hometown club.
As a guide, after Newcastle’s 26 games so far this season, this is how many goals and assists each player has got in the Premier League. Nobody has played in all 26 matches, Perez and Ritchie the closest with 24 PL appearances each so far this campaign (stats courtesy of Who Scored).
5 Joselu (4 goals, 1 assist)
5 Matt Ritchie (5 assists)
4 Dwight Gayle (3 goals, 1 assist)
4 Christian Atsu (2 goals, 2 assists)
4 Ayoze Perez (2 goals, 2 assists)
3 Jamaal Lascelles (3 goals)
3 Ciaran Clark (2 goals, 1 assist)
2 Mikel Merino (1 goal, 1 assist)
2 Mohamed Diame (2 goals)
2 Jacob Murphy (1 goal, 1 assist)
1 Isaac Hayden (1 goal)
1 Kenedy (1 assist)
1 Aleksandar Mitrovic (1 goal)
1 Henri Saivet (1 goal)
1 DeAndre Yedlin (1 assist)
No secret that Newcastle have struggled for creativity and goals but these stats are a stark reminder of just how poor it has been.
Maybe the stand out stat is a player who isn’t even listed, with Jonjo Shelvey not yet having contributed either a goal or an assist (although he would have had one, if Joselu had shot and hadn’t dithered, allowing instead the Liverpool defender to kick the ball off him to score!).
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