Hit the Ground Running: Mohamed Salah and 7 Other Players Who Made Stunning Starts at a New Club

Since arriving at Liverpool from Roma in the summer, Mohamed Salah has made quite an impact. Scoring 20 goals in 26 games for the Reds, the club record fee of £34m now looks like a bargain for the electrifying Egyptian, who has settled at Anfield like a duck to water.


Here are seven other players who made similarly superb starts in their new surroundings:



7. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

James had set the world alight after his heroics for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup, earning himself a dream €80m move to Real Madrid. Rodriguez made an instant impact in Madrid, scoring against city rivals Atletico on his home debut, and then against Basel in his UEFA Champions League debut.


He would go on to have an impressive debut season, scoring 17 goals in all competitions. Unfortunately, Rodriguez couldn't help the club win anything in his first season, as they finished second to Barcelona in La Liga; crashed out in the semi-finals of the Champions League, and were knocked out of the Copa Del Rey at the quarter-final stage.


Despite a promising start at the Bernabeu, things have only gone downhill for the Colombian and he's now trying to resurrect his career in Europe at Bayern Munich. 

6. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

It was somewhat of a homecoming for Marco Reus when the former Borussia Dortmund youth project joined the senior team for €17.1m from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012. A player tipped for great things, Reus made the fee look like a bargain with four outstanding goals in his first six league games.


Reus would quickly form a formidable partnership with Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze as the side would make their mark on Europe under Jurgen Klopp, eventually reaching the UEFA Champions League final. Reus would carry his strong start on, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, going on to become a club legend despite persistent injuries, scoring 89 goals in 189 appearances for the club since.

5. Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Dybala joined Juventus with a lot of expectation for €32m from Palermo in 2015, and he certainly didn't disappoint. Despite Juve making a shaky start to the season, Dybala was quick to settle in with six goals in his first 16 appearances, giving him a ratio of a goal every 151 minutes.


The Argentine's sensational prowess in front of goal would continue as the season went on, ending up with 23 goals in all competitions as Juventus won Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

4. Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid)

Fresh from guiding Porto to an astonishing treble winning season, Radamel Falcao joined Atletico for a club record €40m in 201. Falcao's reputation as one of the world's best strikers continued in Spain as he made an explosive start scoring six goals in his first seven home games, and three in six Europa League games as Atletico comfortably qualified for the knockout stage.


His strong start would continue after the winter break, scoring 36 in all competitions as Atleti won the Europa League for the second time in three years. 

3. Robin Van Persie (Manchester United)

Robin Van Persie became the most hated man in North London following his £24m move to Manchester United from Arsenal in 2012 after he declined a new deal at the Emirates.. 


Five goals in his first five league games, including a treble against Southampton showed the Dutchman was having no issues settling in, and he continued to score goals in all competitions, scoring in big wins over Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City and Newcastle as he notched 17 before the new year.


A final tally of 30 goals in 48 games in all competitions saw him win United a 20th league title as Alex Ferguson bowed out of football management with a league title. 

2. Diego Costa (Chelsea)

After dropping too many points in the 2013/14 season, Chelsea bought Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for €32m in an attempt to regain the Premier League title. The Spaniard made a truly instant impact in the Premier League, scoring nine in his first seven goals as the Blues romped to the top of the table; a position they would never relinquish all season.


Chelsea and Costa continued their dominance on the pitch until May, with the Spaniard scoring 21 in all competitors as the West Londoners won the Premier League and the League Cup. Costa's goals were undoubtedly crucial to this success.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)

PSG made a statement of intent by buying the Swede from AC Milan for €20m in 2012, with the goal being to help the club be the dominant force in France and in Europe. Cited as the man to spearhead the new project in Paris, Ibrahimovic proved his worth instantly, scoring 12 goals in his first 13 games, taking PSG to the top of the league and their Champions League group respectviely


Zlatan would score 35 goals in all competitions as PSG won the Ligue 1 title, and a further 101 goals in 134 games in the next three seasons guided the dominant Parisians to every domestic piece of silverware available.

7 other players who made strong starts at new clubs, just like Mohamed Salah.

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