Mohamed Salah beat off competition from Manchester City’s title-winners Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sané, with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Tottenham striker Harry Kane completing the shortlist of nominees.
Liverpool’s Egyptian star is currently in the lead for the 2017/2018 Premier League Golden Boot with 31 goals so far – the joint-most by a player in a single Premier League season, equalling Alan Shearer (1995/1996), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/2008) and Luis Suarez (2013/2014). Since Salah is averaging a hefty 1.05 goals per 90 minutes so far, he is in pole position to break that Premier League goalscoring record with 3 matches to go (against Stoke City, Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion).
In terms of the Euro Player Index (EPI), Salah is the best player at Liverpool with an EPI-value of 5277 ahead of Roberto Firmino (4961) and Sadio Mané (4864). Of the six players who made the shortlist, only Kevin de Bruyne (5511) currently has a higher EPI-value than Salah. However, since the start of the season, none of the nominees has improved as much as the Egyptian whose EPI rating has increased by 1035). The EPI is derived from the renowned Euro Club Index ranking of European clubs and shows the individual contribution of each player to the team performance. By measuring the changes in the expected outcome of the match when each player is on the pitch, we can compare the quality of players across different clubs and competitions.
All in all, the transfer of Salah from AS Roma to Liverpool for a reported fee of € 42 million (excluding bonuses) has proven to be nothing less than an absolute bargain. His current estimated value for The Reds is approximately € 450 million, which indicates the enormous amount of money Liverpool will have to invest to find an equally decisive replacement for the 25-year-old forward. Only Lionel Messi has a higher estimated value for his club FC Barcelona.
Since Salah’s sensational form has reportedly sparked the interest of Real Madrid, Liverpool may have to prepare for a new transfer saga after selling Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona last January. When asked about a possible transfer of the club’s current star player, former Liverpudlian Luis García said The Reds should keep hold of the winger even if € 230 million was offered. Given Salah’s estimated value for the club, Remiqz and its Euro Player Index agrees with the 2005 UEFA Champions League winner.
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