'Salah might have something to say about that': Ian Wright reacts after claim made about Chelsea striker

Ian Wright insinuated that Chelsea will collect a trophy this season if Romelu Lukaku can outscore Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah.

Speaking to UMM, Wright was confident silverware would end up at Stamford Bridge, as long as Lukaku outfires the Egyptian international.

The former Arsenal striker’s prophecy could still come true in terms of Chelsea claiming a title, but not in the way he anticipated.

Salah is currently leading the Premier League Golden Boot race, with 10 goals in 10 appearances.

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Way down below Liverpool’s number 11 is Lukaku, who has three top-flight strikes to his name this term.

After a sizzling start to his second spell as a Blue, the Belgian has really dropped off the pace in terms of rippling the net.

He is on a run of seven goalless games across all competitions, with his last league effort arriving on the 11th of September.

Lukaku-less Chelsea still firing

Yet, even without Lukaku’s contributions, Chelsea remain top of the pile, three points ahead of Liverpool.

Could Thomas Tuchel’s men still finish above Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, despite the disparity in goals between Salah and the chasing pack?

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“Mo Salah might have something to say about that bro,” replied Wright when told Chelsea will win the league if Lukaku outscores Salah.

“But what I like with Rom is that he’s come back.

“He’s had to go and answer a lot of questions for people, I don’t see why because when you look at his international record and his goal record he shouldn’t have anything to prove to anyone. 

“But for some reason he has to continue to prove himself.

“But all I hope is, because I’ve tipped Chelsea this season, all I hope is that he continues to do what he’s doing and they go over the line.

“If you beat Mo Salah this season, you’re probably going to be winning something.”

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Shooting from all angles

Luckily for Chelsea, their squad has really pulled together during Lukaku’s absence.

Whilst the 28-year-old has been recovering from an ankle injury, Tuchel’s team have scored 15 times.

Impressively, five of those have been converted by defenders, including three from Reece James.

Kai Havertz also has a couple to his name, as he continues to deputise for Lukaku and Timo Werner up front.

Yet, Liverpool’s fabled front three have 28 goals combined this year, meaning their threat cannot be understated.

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Not that anybody is devaluing Salah right now; he is presently the world’s best player.

But Chelsea arguably have the world’s best manager and the world’s best squad, so this contest should be one for the ages.

Ian Wright conducted this interview as part of #WrightysMoChallenge in partnership with UMM, Gillette and Movember.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.