Although Celtic were unable to make their two-goal lead over Lille count last night, they have Mohamed Elyounoussi to thank for another great shift in attack. The Southampton loanee bagged a brace to put the Hoops ahead, tallying his seventh goal of the season so far (via Transfermarkt).
These are certainly improved numbers from his last season with the Saints. The Norway international was unable to make a single goalscoring contribution in the 2018/19 season, but he’s really putting his skills in the shop window for Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Southampton are off to fine start to their Premier League season, already doing a number over league leaders Everton in a surprise 2-0 win. Should they continue this form, there’s no doubt they can exceed their target of a top ten finish.
Star player Danny Ings is the man Hasenhuttl will want to keep fit and happy, but he may be having thoughts over who to partner him up with. At the moment, the former Liverpool man is operating well alongside Che Adams, who has two goals and two assists for the campaign so far. However, with Elyounoussi firing from all cylinders up in Scotland, the Austrian may be forced to rethink some things.
The £59,000 per-week ace can play both up front and on the left wing, which will appeal to the Saints boss in terms of his versatility. However, should he prefer his recent formation of a strike duo, Elyounoussi may have enough in him to edge Adams out of the starting lineup.
Recently speaking to the Daily Record, Kris Commons waxed lyrical over the striker and branded him as “a revelation” for Celtic in their attack.
According to WhoScored, the Saints loanee has averaged a better passing accuracy so far this season (78.6%) and better discipline (1.2) to Adams’ 69.8% and 1.7 respectively. Elyounoussi also boasts more tackles (0.8) and interceptions (0.3) to his Southampton teammate’s 0.7 and 0.2.
Not only has the Norwegian established himself as a force to be reckoned with, but his defensive contributions and balance between the two will be a big positive for Hasenhuttl’s side. The manager has a big decision on his hands next season.