Salah: John Barnes Names 2 Players With Nigerian Heritage As Potential Replacements for Egyptian

Salah: John Barnes Names 2 Players With Nigerian Heritage As Potential Replacements for Egyptian

Byron Pillay
May 17, 2024 at 9:57 AM
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  • Mohamed Salah's contract expires at the end of next season, but he could leave this season already
  • Liverpool legend John Barnes has named two players he believes are ideal replacements for Salah
  • Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise have both found a rich vein of form for Crystal Palace this season

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Will Mohamed Salah still be a part of the Liverpool squad next season?

Many are asking that question as the Egyptian attacker has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia in the summer despite his contract only expiring at the end of next season.

John Barnes has suggested who could replace Mohamed Salah if he leaves at the end of this season.
Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Michael Olise or Eberechi Eze can replace Mohamed Salah at Liverpool. Image: Colin McPherson/ Catherine Ivill.
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With there being a strong possibility that the 31-year-old leaves the side, Liverpool legend John Barnes has offered his take on who could replace Mo.

As noted by African Football, the former Liverpool midfielder named two stars with Nigerian heritage who he thought could be ideal replacements for Salah.

Who Barnes believes could replace Salah

Michael Olise

Olise is a 21-year-old right winger who currently plays for Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.

Olise has made 89 appearances for the side so far, scoring 16 goals, but this season, he has really impressed.

As noted by Transfermarkt, he has already scored 10 goals in 18 appearances for the team in the EPL.

Eberechi Eze

Eze is a 25-year-old attacking midfielder who also plays for Crystal Palace.

The England international, who holds Nigerian citizenship, can also play on either wing.

Eze has already scored nine goals in 26 appearances in the league this season.

What Barnes said about Palace duo

Speaking about the two attacking stars, Barnes said he would love to see both in Liverpool red.

“I would say Olise and Eze are equally as talented, but Olise works harder, especially off the ball.
“He can play for any of the big clubs. If Mo were to leave the club and Liverpool wanted to bring in someone to replace him, Eze and Olise are players that I would like to see at the club,” he said.

Hutchinson advises Olise against Man United move

Sports Brief reported that former Liverpool star Don Hutchinson offered advice to Michael Olise.

The Crystal Palace star has been linked with a move this summer, with Manchester United interested.

Hutchinson warned Olise, saying that a move to Old Trafford in the summer would stifle his growth.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.