Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal scored a goal of the season contender on Saturday that gave his side victory over West Bromwich Albion in the late English Premier League kick-off at St Mary’s.
Thrown into the match with just nine minutes remaining, Boufal was something of an unlikely match winner but sprinted past almost the entire Baggies team with the ball at his feet to fire a low shot into the bottom corner and secure all three points just five minutes from time.
Having not won in three Premier League matches, it was a huge win for Southampton and a magical moment for Boufal who celebrated in front of his manager, perhaps making a point that he should be getting more game time.
That’s certainly how Saints fans see it and they’re now desperate for him to get more minutes on the pitch after his stunning solo goal.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his performance and prospect of seeing more action…
Boufal gets on and makes the difference for #saintsfc. Are we surprised? No. He deserves to start and he knows it. Celebration said it all.
— Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett) October 21, 2017
Love this. Boufal is a talent that must play every week. Yes he needs to improve all round game and track back more but he’s got to be played as a number 10 with long and tadic either side Gabbiadini up front. #saintsfc https://t.co/dCLGF2We4v
— PoshSaintPete (@GriffithsPeterj) October 21, 2017
Boufal has been trying to score that goal ever since he joined #saintsfc Boy was it worth the wait.
— Jamie Watson (@JMEWTSN) October 22, 2017
Can't blame Boufal for that celebration any sane player would do the same thing if a manager consistently started Redmond over you #saintsfc
— Ben Glasspool (@BenGlasspool) October 21, 2017
84 minutes in I was half regretting going down to St Mary's for the game. Then Boufal did that. I'll never forget that goal. #saintsfc
— Whatsapp Ricky (@kingpavey) October 21, 2017
— Stuart Vahid (@StuartVahid) October 21, 2017
What a goal Boufal, there is a player in there, no doubt about it! #SaintsFC
— David Coffin (@davidcoffin7) October 21, 2017
— Paolo (@DYSoulFunk) October 21, 2017
For the record, Pellegrino doesn't get any credit for making the most obvious sub ever. All credit to Boufal. #saintsfc
— Glen Vardy (@glennvardy) October 21, 2017