Mohamed Salah's Premier League debut for Chelsea - Who were his team-mates and where are they now?

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The Egyptian attacker was relatively unknown in England when he took to the field to face Newcastle United in 2014

Mohamed Salah's impressive performances for Liverpool over the course of the last few years have seen him become the highest-scoring African player in Premier League history, with a sensational hat-trick against Manchester United on October 24, 2021 at Old Trafford seeing him leapfrog Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

The Egyptian star achieved the feat in just 154 Premier League games, scoring the large majority of his goals for Liverpool.

However, it is often forgotten that two of his goals came for Chelsea.

In February 2014, a 21-year-old Salah made his Premier League debut for the Blues against Newcastle United, coming on as a 78th-minute sub for Willian in a 3-0 win which came courtesy of an Eden Hazard hat-trick.

Here, we take a look at the players who played alongside Salah on his debut and where they are now... 

  1. GK: Petr Cech
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    GK: Petr Cech

    A club legend, Petr Cech joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004 and spent 11 seasons at the club. In 2015, he left the Blues to join their city rivals Arsenal, where he spent four seasons before retiring from professional football in 2019. 

    After retirement, Cech returned to the Blues as their technical and performance advisor. In October 2019, the goalkeeper also tried his hands at ice hockey as he joined National Ice Hockey League Division 2 side Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender. 

  2. RB: Branislav Ivanovic
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    RB: Branislav Ivanovic

    The Serbian defender joined Chelsea in 2008 and played for the club for nine seasons, winning every major trophy.

    After leaving the club in 2017, Ivanovic joined Zenit St. Petersburg, where he played for three years.

    He then returned to the Premier League at West Bromwich Albion, only to leave England again in May 2021.

  3. CB: Gary Cahill
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    CB: Gary Cahill

    The English defender joined Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers in 2012 and enjoyed seven successful seasons at the club.

    In 2019, he left the club and joined Crystal Palace, where he spent two years, before moving to Bournemouth.

  4. CB: David Luiz

    CB: David Luiz

    The Brazilian defender joined Chelsea in 2011 from Benfica and initially spent three seasons at the club.

    In 2014, he moved to PSG and played at the Parc des Princes for two years before returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016.

    Luiz's second stint at Chelsea lasted three seasons before he joined London rivals Arsenal in 2019. He subsequently returned to Brazil in 2021 to link up with Flamengo.

  5. LB: Cesar Azpilicueta
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    LB: Cesar Azpilicueta

    The versatile defender, who can play both as a central defender as well as a full-back, joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2012 and went on to become the club captain.

    Azpilicueta made over 450 appearances for the club and won two Premier League titles as well as the Champions League, among multiple other trophies.

  6. DM: Nemanja Matic

    DM: Nemanja Matic

    The Serbian midfielder arrived at Chelsea for the first time in 2011 and spent two seasons at the club, with a year on loan at Vitesse sandwiched in between.

    He moved to Benfica on a permanent transfer in 2011, only for the London-based club to bring him back to the Bridge in 2014.

    In 2017, he then left Chelsea to join Premier League rivals Manchester United. Matic played at Old Trafford for five years before parting company with the club upon the expiration of his contract.

  7. AM: Frank Lampard
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    AM: Frank Lampard

    The legendary midfielder joined Chelsea in 2001 from West Ham United and stayed at the club for 13 seasons.

    After leaving in the summer of 2014, Lampard signed a two-year contract with MLS side New York City FC. As the football season in the US did not start until January 2015, he joined Manchester City on a short-term deal at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

    Lampard retired from football in 2016 and then joined Championship side Derby County in 2018 as their head coach.

    In 2019, he returned to Chelsea as the club's manager, but parted ways with the Blues again in 2021 as Thomas Tuchel replaced him at the helm.

    He returned to management in 2022, helping Everton avoid relegation from the Premier League.

  8. AM: Oscar

    AM: Oscar

    The Brazilian joined Chelsea from Internacional in 2012 and spent five seasons at the club.

    Then, in one of the most shocking transfers of the 21st century, Oscar was sensationally signed by Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shanghai Port for £67 million ($84m).

  9. RW: Willian

    RW: Willian

    The Brazilian winger joined the Blues in 2013 from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala and spent seven seasons at the club.

    In 2020, Willian moved to London rivals Arsenal but he returned to childhood club Corinthians after one trying season at the Emirates.

  10. CF: Samuel Eto'o
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    CF: Samuel Eto'o

    The former Barcelona forward arrived at Chelsea in 2013 and spent one season at the club.

    After leaving the Blues, Eto'o played for Everton, Sampdoria and Qatar SC. In 2019, he announced his retirement from professional football.

  11. LW: Eden Hazard
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    LW: Eden Hazard

    The Belgian winger joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012 and spent seven seasons at the club, becoming a fan favourite during his time at Stamford Bridge.

    Hazard won two Premier League titles, as many Europa League trophies and one FA Cup and EFL Cup each while at Chelsea.

    In 2019, he was sold to Real Madrid for €146m (£125m/$155m) but he has struggled badly for form and fitness in Spain.

  12. Sub: Mohamed Salah

    Sub: Mohamed Salah

    The current Liverpool star came to the Premier League for the first time in his career in 2014, when he joined Chelsea.

    But after just one year, he was sent on loan to Fiorentina. During the 2015-16 season, he was once again sent on loan, this time to Roma, and then, ahead of the 2016-17 season he joined the Serie A outfit on a permanent basis. 

    In 2017, he returned to the Premier League with Liverpool, where he has since become one of the league's all-time greats.

  13. Sub: Andre Schurrle
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    Sub: Andre Schurrle

    The German winger joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 and spent two seasons at the club.

    After he left the Blues in 2015, he played for clubs like Wolfsburg, Dortmund, Fulham and Spartak Moscow.

    In July 2020, Schurrle announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 29. 

  14. Sub: Demba Ba
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    Sub: Demba Ba

    The French forward joined Chelsea from Newcastle United in 2013 and spent one-and-a-half seasons at the club, becoming best known for taking advantage of Steven Gerrard's infamous slip at Anfield.

    After leaving Chelsea in the summer of 2014, he played for Besiktas, Shanghai Shenhua and Basaksehir.

    In 2021, Ba joined Swiss top division side FC Lugano.