MOHAMED SALAH (£7.7m) has more than enough credit in the bank in the realm of Dream Team.
The FWA Footballer of the Year remains the highest points scorer by a considerable distance with 323 to his name, 41 more than his closest rival, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m).
At this late stage of the campaign, he’s still the Premier League’s leading goalscorer (22) and top assist provider (13).
Add in eight goals and two assists in 12 appearances during Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final and it’s clear why the Egyptian spent the majority of the season in a bracket of his own among Dream Team assets.
However, it would be remiss not to mention Salah’s recent returns.
Since the start of Game Week 26, the Reds’ No11 has banked 51 points which works out at exactly three per appearance.
And 20 of those points came at the expense of a dismal Manchester United side in Game Week 32.
This relatively lean run has included ten blanks (zero points), the most recent of which came at Villa Park on Tuesday night when he was introduced as a second-half substitute.
In recent weeks, Jurgen Klopp has managed his top scorer’s minutes, perhaps with a view to ensuring he is in the best possible condition for the FA Cup and Champions League finals.
But Salah’s downturn predates his recent stints on the bench.
Some pundits claim the 29-year-old has not performed to the same immense level since returning from an energy-sapping Africa Cup of Nations campaign with Egypt.
However, this doesn’t quite correlate with his Dream Team returns as he hoarded 36 points in the space of three games soon after the Pharaohs’ penalty shootout defeat in the final.
Still, three points-per-game over the last ten Game Weeks is a notable drop-off from his pre-AFCON form, when he was pushing nine points-per-outing.
The likes of Sadio Mane (£5.2m), Son Heung-min (£6.2m) and Harry Kane (£7.3m) have all comfortably outscored Salah over the last couple of months.
Naturally, Dream Team gaffers have been reluctant to move away from the game’s only triple centurion – his ownership remains an unparalleled 62.4%.
No other player appears in over 40% of teams right now.
Although those brave enough to have replaced Salah with Mane, Son or Kane in recent weeks would have been rewarded with improved returns.
Even so, it feels like too bold a move now given Liverpool have four fixtures remaining from Game Week 36 onward, more than any other team.
Underestimate Salah at your peril…
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