My post wasn't a direct criticism of Salah. There is a consensus that there was a measurable decline in his form, albeit from an exceptional hight.
I don't offer any reason for it. The post was in response to yet another "He was tired" posting. I make the point tiredness is a lame reason.
I understand, and I am not fighting with you or wanting to start a poisonous debate or anything. My question, however, is, ''if tiredness is a lame reason for losing form, then what isn't?''. And assuming it is in fact a ''lame reason'' and he is actually distracted by the contract talks, why was he performing for the first 5 months of the season despite talks being well underway since last summer, his agent acting an ass since forever and media giving the same coverage?
Also, we are not sports scientists but what we always hear from professional (players and sports scientists) is that lots of minutes will lead to players being exhausted and performances dropping. How can we all of a sudden decide that a player playing an incredible amount of minutes (5000+ minutes in the same season) is a lame excuse?
And if we have nothing to back the claim that those are lame excuses, doesn't that bring us back to what I was mentioning in my last post, which is a combination of aimless moaning and vilification of players just like it happened with Sadio, Gini and now Mo. Some people deciding that Mo is underperforming because of his contract, they decide to ignore the cold hard scientifically backed facts and when given answers to their moans the only thing you get back from them is ''yes, but''.
If you know any player that fits one of those descriptions then give us a shout:
- A player who can play 5000 minutes in a season and give us those numbers or
- A player who who can give us those numbers or something near those numbers without playing 5000 minutes or
- A player who will be distracted by his contract (if we assume 5000 minutes of game time is a lame excuse covering up for him being distracted) and still pump up those numbers or
- A player who wont be distracted by his contract and still give us those numbers