Former Arsenal star Lauren believes Mohamed Salah could eclipse Didier Drogba as the greatest African Footballer of the Premier League era.
Drogba played a key role during the most successful period in Chelsea’s history and scored the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Salah failed to live up to expectations during a short stint at Stamford Bridge earlier in his career but has taken the Premier League by storm since his arrival at Liverpool in the summer.
The former Roma winger has scored 14 goals in all competitions and Lauren believes the Egypt international has the potential to eclipse Drogba, although he admits that represents an incredibly tough challenge.
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‘[Salah] could be [the best] – he’s still young and he’s playing with such a great team in Liverpool,’Lauren told Omnisport. ‘He could be, why not?
‘We’ve had some great players like [Tony] Yeboah and [Andre] Ayew. Drogba did a lot. To be honest, I have some doubts that he can pass Drogba.
‘He was one of the best African players in the Premier League.
‘To pass that is difficult, but we’ll see. Time will tell us, but at the moment I’m sticking with Drogba. I think he’s one of the best African players to have played in the Premier League.’