In Focus: Southampton target Elyounoussi would boost a stuttering attack

According to reports on Swiss media outlet Blick, Southampton could be ready to make a move for FC Basel forward Mohamed Elyounoussi.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Blick says that a Saints scout was seen at Basel’s win against Lausanne on Saturday, and that he was furiously writing notes whenever the 23-year-old had the ball.

The Norway international certainly impressed by scoring one goal and being involved in other positive moments in the final third, and the south coast outfit could be ready to launch a January move for the attacker.

However, Blick says that a number of other Premier League clubs are also interested in Elyounoussi, who is expected to leave next summer at the very latest despite having a contract that runs until 2021.

How has he done this season?

The Moroccan-born forward has been in impressive form, scoring five goals and providing a further 11 assists in 23 appearances in all competitions for the Swiss outfit.

The 23-year-old also scored a header in his team’s 2-0 win against Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday night, which ensured that they qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.

Would he be a good signing for Saints?

He certainly would be.

The south coast outfit have scored just 15 goals in 15 Premier League matches this season and they have often lacked that spark in the final third.

With 11 assists to his name this season it is clear that Elyounoussi could add some creativity from out wide or in the No 10 role – something which the likes of Dusan Tadic have struggled to do this term.

Full of pace and having successfully completed 11 of the 18 take-ons he has attempted in six Champions League appearances during the current campaign, according to Squawka, he looks to have the attributes to make a positive impact at St Mary’s.

The Norwegian certainly isn’t shy of his defensive responsibilities either, making six interceptions, six blocks and four clearances in Europe’s prestigious club competition.


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