Southampton: Mohamed Elyounoussi giving Ralph food for though on loan at Celtic

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.

Back in the summer, Southampton decided to sanction the loan exit of their £16m man Mohamed Elyounoussi.

The Saints agreed to a season-long loan deal with Celtic for the Norway international, who has failed to score a single goal or even record an assist in 19 appearances for the south coast side.

Elyounoussi arrived at St Mary’s as a seemingly exciting addition, having scored 23 goals and registered 30 assists for Swiss side FC Basel before moving to England – however, it must be said that he was extremely underwhelming in the Premier League.

Luckily for him and for Celtic, the 5 foot 10 forward appears to be rejuvenated over in Scotland.

The 25-year-old has scored four goals for the Bhoys in eight appearances, while also notching three assists – impressively, he has almost registered a goal involvement every game on average.

His four-goal haul includes one strike in the Europa League, a competition in which he’s registerd two shots per game, as well as 1.7 dribbles per game.

While Ralph Hasenhuttl has his own problems to think about after watching his side suffer a 9-0 defeat to Leicester last week – a result that equalled the 24-year long record for the biggest ever Premier League win – the form of Elyounoussi may be giving the Austrian coach food for thought.

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Aside from Elyounoussi’s obviously impressive amount of goal involvements, the fact that Southampton are the third-lowest scorers in the Premier League this season with just nine strikes scored in ten games could potentially have Hasenhuttl wondering how the Norwegian can help him out back on the south coast.

Celtic do not have an option to purchase the forward at the end of his loan spell, so when Elyounoussi does eventually return to England, he could well stake a claim for a first-team place.

Article title: Southampton: Mohamed Elyounoussi giving Ralph food for though on loan at Celtic

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