Southampton could only manage a 2-2 draw against Championship outfit Derby County in an FA Cup third round clash at Pride Park on Saturday afternoon.
Ralph Hasenhuttl gave opportunities to some of his lesser-used squad members, but they could not overcome Frank Lampard’s side. A replay will now be necessary to separate the two teams.
One of the players rotated in for the Saints was Mohamed Elyounoussi. The 24-year-old winger arrived at St Mary’s Stadium from Basel this summer, in a deal that cost the south coast club a fee of £16 million.
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However, since landing in the Premier League, the 22-cap Norway international has failed to impress. He has made 12 league appearances for the Saints so far, but just seven were starts. He is yet to register a single goal or assist in the top flight of English football either.
Given a chance to prove his quality against the Rams, the wide man failed to capitalise on the opportunity. Instead, he was hauled off in the 71st minute as Hasenhuttl’s side went in search of a winning goal.
The German coach may now be close to accepting that the winger simply does not suit his system or the English game.
Elyounoussi struggled to make an impact against Derby, and squandered a very presentable chance to score as well. His lack of physicality, and inability to impose himself upon the opposition could be the undoing of his ambition to thrive in the Premier League.
At this point, Elyounoussi must be considered a major flop signing – the kind that the Saints really can’t afford to make if they’re going to survive in the top flight.