Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and West Brom's Ahmed Hegazi feature in our Arab Premier League footballers watch

Niall McCague 16:49 02/10/2017
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In this column, we track the best Arab football talents plying their trade in the Premier League and round-up their accomplishments every week.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is never far from the headlines after a series of devastating displays for the Reds, and he features this week following Jurgen Klopp side’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle.

Meanwhile, West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi impressed as well and Mohamed Elneny only featured for eight minutes during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Brighton.

Here’s a look at how these Arab footballers fared this weekend.

MOHAMED SALAH | NEWCASTLE 1-1 LIVERPOOL

Not his best day in a Liverpool shirt, but still looked solid if unspectacular in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park.

Although his contribution was minimal against Newcastle, the Egyptian has been one of the Reds’ star players this term, scoring five goals in 10 appearances.

If the 25-year-old had a more cultured right foot then he’d have been even more impressive for for the Kop giants.

Salah switched to the left for the second-half and missed a clear cut chance in the 50th minute to put the Reds 2-1 up.

Liverpool’s next game after the international break is a crucial clash against rivals Manchester United on October 14 at Anfield. Next-up for Salah is a World Cup qualifying clash for Egypt against Congo in Alexandria.

Rating – 6/10

KEY STATS

Minutes – 83

Shots – 1

Shots on target – 0

Key Passes – 1

Passing Accuracy – 80%

Touches – 49

Passes – 35

Mohamed Salah.

Mohamed Salah.

AHMED HEGAZI | WEST BROM 2-2 WATFORD

The Egyptian seemed to relish the physical challenge against Troy Deeney as the pair battled against each other throughout the match.

He won more headers than any other player at the Hawthorns, but made two errors which could have put a different perspective on the contest.

The first: a missed header from three yards out with the Baggies trailing 0-2; and the second came in the dying moments of the game when he ducked under a free-kick.

Overall, though, the 26-year-old has been a totemic presence at the back this season for Tony Pulis’s side with commanding displays against West Ham and Arsenal.

Rating – 5/10

KEY STATS

Minutes – 90

Tackles – 0

Clearances – 10

Blocks – 2

Passing Accuracy – 61.1%

Touches – 32

Passes – 18

Aerials Won – 7

Ahmed Hegazi.

Ahmed Hegazi.

MOHAMED ELNENY | ARSENAL 2-0 BRIGHTON

The Egyptian only featured for eight minutes during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Brighton.

After an industrious display against West Brom the previous week, it was expected the 25-year-old would start alongside Granit Xhaka or at least feature more prominently from the bench.

With the Gunners in an unassailable lead, Elneny replaced Xhaka and made nine touches during his brief spell on the field.

KEY STATS

Minutes – 8

Shots – 0

Key Passes – 0

Passing Accuracy – 100%

Touches – 9

Passes – 7

Mohamed Elneny.

Mohamed Elneny.

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