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Southampton were let down by Mohamed Elyounoussi against Villa

Southampton struggled last night on the road against Aston Villa as they were beaten 1-0, marking their second successive away loss in the Premier League.

They fell to defeat at Villa Park with a whimper, only managing one shot on target and not creating a single big chance. This is compared to a Villa side which created two big chances, hit the woodwork once and managed 11 shots in total.

Whilst Adam Armstrong dropped a toothless performance up front, failing to record a single shot, it was Mohamed Elyounoussi who truly let Ralph Hasenhuttl down last night.

His SofaScore rating of 5.7 was the joint-lowest of any starters in the match, tied with Leon Bailey, and the Norwegian struggled to have any influence on the game.

The fact that he only managed 37 touches throughout the match is indicative of this, and the winger was substituted after 79 minutes by a disgruntled Hasenhuttl.

Creatively he was absent throughout, not managing a single key pass and losing possession 15 times. while in front of goal he was rather ineffective, only managing one shot (which was off target) and unsuccessful with all three of his attempted dribbles.

Should Southampton persevere with Elyounoussi?

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It was a night to forget for the 28-year-old, who once again has gone without providing a goal or an assist in the league this season. Indeed, his form begs the question of how long the Southampton manager will put up with his performances.

It again feeds into the reservations that some Saints fans have held over Elyounoussi that he is too “one-dimensional” to be a success at St Mary’s.

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Clearly the Saints are desperate to recoup some of their £16m investment on the Norwegian by giving him a run of games, but with performances like this, surely his time is running out.

Lacking both fire and flair against Villa, to cap it all off he lost ten of his 14 ground duels, a lowly 28% success rate for this off-the-ball metric.

It was one of the poorest performances in recent weeks for Southampton, underpinned by one of the worst individual performances all season. Elyounoussi could be running out of time to impress his manager and the club’s supporters.

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