Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka got his season off to a flyer with a stunning goal in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon but, when asked if there was a better player currently playing in Saka’s position, Ferdinand replied:
“I think Salah’s in the conversation. I think Salah right now gets more goals, so I’d put Salah maybe ahead of him. He’s [Salah] had good experience, he’s won things as well. His resume is that much more fuller because of the age as well and experience. This kid’s [Saka] on the way, on the tracks to get up to those heights.”
“You’ve got to remember, Salah was hitting late 20’s, 30 goals a season consistently. He’s got to get to that and I think he will. Salah wasn’t doing this, what Saka’s doing, at this age. He wasn’t deciding games at the top level, in the Premier League consistently for a top team, he wasn’t.”
They are at different stages of their careers
While Ferdinand is correct to say that Salah wasn’t anywhere near as good as Saka when he was the same age as the England international is now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Arsenal star will kick on and become the elite player that Salah is currently.
Career trajectories can change based on form, injury and other factors so direct comparisons are difficult. They are at different stages in their development.
Saka would be delighted to achieve what Salah has achieved
Although the Gunners star has won a few cup competitions already, he certainly doesn’t have the same trophy haul as Salah, who has won everything there is to win in club football.
The Egyptian has also won the PFA Player of the Year twice so he has individual accolades to go with his medals, and he deserves huge credit for his achievements.