Mohamed Salah in hopeless pursuit of Newcastle star for record
It is Liverpool v Newcastle United on Saturday and Mohamed Salah will attempt to continue his outstanding form.
In 27 Premier League matches so far, Salah has been involved in 31 Premier League goals, scoring 23 goals and grabbing 8 assists.
With a maximum of 10 matches remaining, it is set to be some debut season for the attacking player at Anfield.
However, as Premier League debut seasons go, he would have to go some to break a 24 year old record.
Andy Cole and Newcastle played their first season of Premier League football back in 1993/94 and what a season it was.
Kevin Keegan’s team finished third in the table after promotion and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
As for Andy Cole, he smashed all kinds of records.
One of those which still stands today, is combined goals and assists in your first season of Premier League football for any club.
Andy Cole scored 34 goals and got 13 assists, making a total of 47 goals he was involved in, 12 more than the next highest (Robin van Persie).
Mohamed Salah needs to be involved in 16 more goals in a maximum of only 10 matches, if he is to match Cole.
A great effort so far but surely a step too far.
As for Andy Cole, amongst those many goals in 1993/94, he scored in a 2-0 win at Anfield, Newcastle’s last Premier League victory there…
As you can see in the list below, great efforts by Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer as well.
The top 10 Premier League debut seasons as compiled by The Sun – total number of goals and then the split between goals scored and assists:
47 (34G and 13A) Andy Cole (Newcastle United) 1993-94 (Played 40 games)
35 (26G and 9A) Robin van Persie (Man United) 2012-13 (38 games)
34 (30G and 4A) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland) 1999-00 (36 games)
32 (25G and 7A) Alan Shearer (Newcastle United) 1996-97 (31 games)
32 (23G and 9A) Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea) 2000-01 (35 games)
31 (23G and 8A) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 2017-18 (27 games)
31 (25G and 6A) Les Ferdinand (Newcastle United) 1995-96 (37 games)
31 (23G and 8A) Sergio Aguero (Man City) 2011-12 (34 games)
30 (20G and 10A) Jurgen Klinsmann (Tottenham) 1994-95 (41 games)
30 (23G and 7A) Carlos Tevez (Man City) 2009-10 (35 games)
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