There was a lot to shout about at Southampton over the weekend with the Saints finally managing to secure their first Premier League win of the season with a 1-0 win over Leeds United thanks to a goal from on-loan striker Armando Broja in his first league start of the season.
Even though Southampton have only managed to score six goals in those opening eight league games, it seems as though the club could be in danger of losing one of their attacking assets in the near future.
It has recently been reported that fellow Premier League clubs Arsenal and Leicester City are monitoring Saints winger Mohamed Elyounoussi with the possibility of a potential transfer deal on the cards at some point in the future.
The report from The Daily Record claims that both clubs see Elyounoussi as a potential cut-price addition to their squads.
Southampton bought Elyounoussi in the 2018 summer transfer window from FC Basel before loaning him out to Scottish club Celtic in the 2019 summer window.
So far this season, the winger has managed to score one goal in six Premier League appearances; more than the likes of Che Adams, Nathan Redmond and Theo Walcott among others, ultimately earning himself an overall season rating of 6.71/10. That makes him Southampton’s eighth-highest rated player based on his performances according to WhoScored.
In regards to a potential move away from Southampton in the future to either Arsenal or Leicester, we feel this would be a big blow for Southampton to let go of one of their main attacking options, similarly to how they sold striker Danny Ings to Aston Villa over the summer who has now managed to score three goals in eight league games so far this season.
Looking ahead to the future, with Elyounoussi’s current contract at Southampton set to expire in the summer of 2023, we feel that the Saints should consider offering the Norwegian a new one to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future and out of the clutches of other top-flight clubs.
Consider his importance this season and an exit for the attacker would surely leave the manager gutted. He needs all the options he can get if the Saints are to avoid relegation.