Salah declared best African player in Premier League history ahead of Drogba


Mo Salah and Didier Droga

Who gets your vote? (Picture: Getty)

Gabby Agbonlahor believes Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is the greatest African player to have played in the Premier League with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba a close second.

Salah has been in sensational form for Liverpool this season with nine goals in all competitions so far this season.

The 29-year-old recently reached the 100 league goals mark for the Reds and was instrumental in leading Liverpool to their maiden Premier League title and a Champions League triumph.

In comparison, Ivorian Drogba scored 104 league goals in his two spells at Chelsea and won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League.

With Salah having plenty of years left in him there’s the potential for him to deliver more silverware at Anfield and exceed Drogba’s achievements.

But former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor reckons Liverpool’s ‘Egyptian King’ has already done enough to be labelled the best African player in Premier League history.

Mo Salah

Mo Salah recently reached the 100 league goals mark (Picture: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

‘I think the top two is Mo Salah – he’s been outstanding in the Premier League – his goals, his performances,’ he told talkSPORT.

‘And then Drogba, he’d probably be second. Yaya Toure was amazing, but I think Drogba, given his legendary status and what he did for Chelsea, he’d be in the top two.

‘I think you’ve got to look at his goal record for all the games he’s played, Salah, he’s better than Drogba.


Didier Drogba helped Chelsea win the Champions League in 2012 (Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

‘Everything goes through Salah, if you look at Liverpool now and you took Salah out of their team, I don’t think they’d finish in the top four, that’s how much of a difference he makes to their side.

‘When he doesn’t play I don’t think Liverpool are the same side.

‘Whereas Drogba, he still had a lot of goals coming from Lampard and other players in the team.

‘If you look at Drogba’s goal record, it’s nowhere near what Salah’s is – and he’s playing as a winger, not a striker!

‘So, I think Salah’s number one for me.’

Salah will be hoping to add to his goal tally this afternoon with Liverpool in action against Watford.

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