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Saints can unearth Elyounoussi replacement in Jimmy Morgan

Southampton have endured a rough run of results, having won just once since August.

It is this form that has seen them drop to within one point of the relegation zone, as the pressure mounts on Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The attacking threat of his side has waned as the season has progressed, and with an expected goals tally of just 9.43, they are actually overperforming where they should be despite being the 17th lowest scorers in the Premier League with 11 strikes.

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They are a side completely devoid of any creativity and excitement, particularly on the flanks where the likes of Stuart ArmstrongMoussa DjenepoTheo Walcott and Mohamed Elyounoussi have all combined for a goal tally of just one in the league.

It is the latter who has disappointed the most though, given his £16m transfer fee.

This campaign has seen him contribute just 0.13 to his squad’s expected goals, despite taking 1.3 shots per game.

The Norwegian wide man is routinely wasteful, and with the January window approaching his chances may be drying up.

Especially with such a wealth of youth talent waiting for their opportunity, particularly Jimmy Morgan, who scored last night for England’s U17 team.

It marks yet another international goal for the 16-year-old, having already scored three before that for various age groups this season.

Despite being so young, the tricky wide man is translating this form into Premier League 2, where he already has five assists in as many games.

These performances unsurprisingly have drawn praise, particularly from his manager Dave Horseman, who labelled him “brilliant”.

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Given the lack of proficiency from Elyounoussi and the creative starlet that is Morgan, the two are incomparable.

One boasts the form of their fledgling career, whilst the other continues to add to their miserable record. He has now scored just eight goals in 65 games for the Saints and has assisted as many in that time as this youngster has in his last five games.

An offensive dud, it will surely not be long before the former FC Basel man is forced to the bench.

Although it is only early stages, there is hope that in the not-so-distant future Morgan could step up to be the man that Southampton can finally rely upon to produce consistently impressive performances from the wing.

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