Southampton secured a vital victory on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Watford thanks to a goal from Che Adams that secured all three points for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, taking them up to 14th place in the Premier League table with 11 points prior to Sunday’s fixtures.
Despite the positive result, one player that we feel didn’t have a good game against the Hornets was Saints winger Mohamed Elyounoussi.
The winger, who started the match at Vicarage Road but was taken off after 70 minutes to be replaced by Stuart Armstrong, managed to have just 30 touches of the ball and completed 11 out of the 20 passes at a success rate of just 55%.
He didn’t attempt one cross, failed to accurately complete any of his five long balls and then didn’t even manage a shot at goal.
On top of that, he lost possession ten times which ultimately earned him an overall match rating of 6.7/10, making him the lowest-rated Saints player that started the match according to SofaScore.
Taking this into account, it’s safe to say Elyounoussi was not at the same level as his teammates on the day and let Hasenhuttl down with his performance.
So far this season, the 27-year-old, who is currently valued at £10.8m according to Transfermarkt, has started all but one of Southampton’s eight previous Premier League games, in which he has managed to score just one goal which came during the club’s 2-2 draw against Newcastle United in Elyounoussi’s first league appearance of the season.
Since joining the Saints back in the 2018 summer transfer window from FC Basel for a reported fee of £16m, the winger has gone on to make 28 appearances for the club, scoring four goals and providing two assists across all competitions.
Moving forward, we feel that it could be beneficial for the team if Hasenhuttl wielded the axe and took Elyounoussi out of the team for their next few fixtures to give Armstrong a shot from the start after recovering from a calf injury to see if he can have more of a significant impact on the team.