Omar Al-Somah- The Syrian Goal Machine

When it comes to scoring goals it comes easy for 27 Year Old Omar Al-Somah who has an unbelievable record for Al-Ahli. The forward has racked up 82 goals in just 76 games with the Jeddah based team in his current 3 year spell which has seen him win 2 Saudi Pro League Golden Boots and this season looks firmly set to make it a third successive year of winning the accolade 11 goals in 8 games in the league so far this season.

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The 6″4 striker started his prolific career at local Syrian side Al-Futowa, where an impressive season for the Under 18 side in which he managed to bag 29 goals and win the Syrian Under 18 title and this ultimately earned him a call up to the first team. To say he took the opportunity well would be an understatement as at just 17 years old he scored 12 goals in the Syrian Top Flight and this was just a sign of things to come.

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In that very same season Al-Futowa were relegated but with the help of Al-Soma he took them straight back to the top. His last season with the club however was one to forget as he only managed 5 goals but only managed to play a few games due to the Syrian Civial Uprising that took place in 2011. Al Soma would go onto leave Al-Futowa in that very same year to join the Kuwait Side of Al-Qadsia.

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Al-Somah’s 4 year spell with the Kuwait side would go down to be a huge success. The Talisman went onto win 8 trophies with the side including 2 Kuwait Premier League Titles and managed to score 43 goals in 68 games in his time at Al-Qadsia. His great form would not go unnoticed and gained the attention of Saudi Giants Al-Ahli, and so in the summer of 2014 they signed him for a fee of just £1.7m. However things may have been different as in 2012 he was given a trial with Championship club Nottingham Forest whilst playing for Al-Qadsia. Even though he performed well and managed to score he could not get a work permit and subsequently was not signed.

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Al-Somah certainly hit the ground running at Al-Ahli, scoring a hat trick in his second game with the side. This was the story for the whole season and the Syrian Star would finish his first season in emphatic style by scoring 31 goals in 33 games in all competitions (22 goals in 22 games in the league). After this he wouldnt look back and his prolific scoring form just continued. His next season was somehow even better than last and his 34 goals in 31 games in all competitions lead to Al-Ahli winning their first Saudi Pro League title in 32 years which was a tremendous achievement for both him and the club. His great individual form was recognised by the club and he awarded the clubs player of the year for the 2nd time in a row.

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Al-Somah is a fantastic striker with bags of ability and knows how to find the back of the net. The 6″4 forward is lethal in the air and always seems to score headers. A consistent striker who can score with both feet and is a fantastic set piece specialist is arguably one of the best strikers to have set foot in the Saudi Pro League and would be a valuable asset to any team he signed for. If he ever managed to get his work permit, it would only be a matter of time before the European clubs start battling for his signature but due to him not playing for his national team it is very unlikely and unfortunately we may never see this fantastic all rounder play on European soil. Al-Soma will go down in the history books as One of Asia’s greatest players

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