Four reasons Southampton fans must be more patient with Sofiane Boufal
Adapting to the Premier League
While his team-mate Manolo Gabbiadini may have shown him up on this point with his electric start, it can take time for some players to adapt to life in the Premier League.
It is always difficult to get used to one league having played in another, and the Moroccan has visibly struggled in some top-flight matches this term.
He is probably getting less time on the ball and more physical marking than he perhaps had when playing for Lille in Ligue 1, and that will take time to get used to.