Three reasons Southampton must play Boufal behind the striker and not out wide

Following his wonder goal which gave Southampton a much-needed 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at St Mary’s last month, Sofiane Boufal was handed just his second Premier League start of the season against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

The 24-year-old has struggled to make an impact for the south coast outfit ever since his move from Lille in the summer of 2016, but he would have been hoping for more first-team opportunities this term following an injury-hit campaign last time out.

However, the Morocco international has often started matches under Mauricio Pellegrino on the substitutes’ bench, with the likes of Nathan Redmond, Dusan Tadic and Steven Davis preferred in the starting XI.

Impressive cameos against Stoke City, Newcastle United and the Baggies meant that he lined up on the left wing against the Seagulls last weekend, but given the qualities he has it perhaps isn’t the position where he can be most effective for the goal-shy Saints.

Here are three reasons Boufal must play behind the striker and not out wide for Southampton in the futureā€¦