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7 goals, 6 assists – Southampton should keep more faith in their £16m signing and avoid selling him

Southampton have set a 9m price tag for Mohamed Elyounoussi

Why Southampton should hold onto Mohamed Elyounoussi

According to news outlet Todo Fichajes (h/t Daily Record), Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi is on the radar of Real Sociedad.

The 25-year-old winger has emerged as a surprise summer transfer target for the La Liga side, who are currently 4th in the league table. Elyounoussi, who arrived at Southampton in 2018 for £16m, recently returned to the side after a loan spell with Scottish champions Celtic.

Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi during a training session while on loan with Scottish side Celtic this season.
Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi during a training session while on loan with Scottish side Celtic this season. (Getty Images)

The Norwegian, who featured 19 times for the Saints last season, was sent on a season-long loan deal after failing to impress for them in his maiden campaign. However, he turned out to be an instant hit at Celtic Park, scoring 7 goals and 6 assists despite featuring just 20 times.

Had it not been for the foot injury that Elyounoussi sustained midway through the season, he would have made even more appearances for Celtic, considering the form that he was in.

Southampton should offer Elyounoussi more chances

Despite featuring in fewer matches, Elyounoussi managed to impress at Celtic, giving a clear indication of his talent and potential. In fact, he had already proved himself at his former side Basel, which earned him a move to St Mary’s.

Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi (left) while playing for former side Basel.
Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi (left) while playing for his former side Basel. (Getty Images)

In his 84 appearances across all competitions for the Swiss outfit, Elyounoussi racked up 23 goals and 30 assists. Unlike his maiden campaign at Southampton, where he failed to score or assist even once, the Norwegian seemed to have found his form back after moving to Celtic.

With the player establishing himself at such short notice, Sociedad have now shown an interest in him, proving that he is a talent gone unnoticed. Southampton, like Sociedad, must realise this and keep him with them rather than send him out once again.

The Saints should rather keep some faith in their talented winger and offer him more chances to prove his potential. Having proved himself at Basel and Celtic, Elyounoussi can also give the likes of Southampton wingers Sofiane Boufal, Moussa Djenepo, and Nathan Redmond a run for their money if he performs.

Hence, they should keep away from selling the Norwegian, amidst interest from Spain.

Mohamed Elyounoussi playing for Southampton last season in the Premier League.
Mohamed Elyounoussi playing for Southampton against Manchester City in the Premier League last season. (Getty Images)

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Verdict

Having proved himself at Celtic this season, Southampton should once again offer Elyounoussi more chances this season. Moreover, his inclusion will offer manager Ralph Hasenhuttl plenty of options in the attack next season. Also, he is just 25 and still has plenty of football left in him. A proven performer in the past, he will be raring to prove a point, which, in turn, could help Southampton.

Written by Siddharth

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