Controversial Saints figure Mohamed Elyounoussi could yet win over the Southampton fanbase once he returns from his loan spell in the Scottish Premiership.
The left winger joined the club two years ago from Basel after Southampton paid £16million for his services (via BBC Sport). His goal return during his time with the Swiss outfit was impressive, but he is yet to replicate this form on the south coast of England. Elyounoussi scored a total of 23 goals and assisted a further 30 in 84 appearances for Basel, he also netted 42 times for Norwegian club Molde FK in 92 games (via Transfermarkt).
However, after playing just 19 matches under Mark Hughes and his successor Ralph Hasenhuttl, the 26-year-old has been shipped out on loan. With no goalscoring contributions, he has frustrated a lot of the fanbase.
The Norway international has already found the back of the net four times and provided three assists this season for the Hoops. He is building on his solid display from last season which saw him tally seven goals and six assists in 20 matches across all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
In Elyounoussi’s most recent match for Celtic, he scored one goal and finished with a 100% shot accuracy rating in their 3-0 win over Hibernian. The 26-year-old also made three tackles, one clearance and was successful in 100% of his dribbles (via Sofascore).
His displays north of the border have earned rave reviews too, with Neil Lennon describing him as “powerful” after a win against RK Reykjavik earlier this term, whilst Tom English labelled him a “very, very dangerous player” after the same game (BBC Sportsound podcast via This Is Futbol).
According to The Athletic, Southampton are willing to give the forward another chance once he returns from loan next season. After his encouraging performances for Celtic, his attacking abilities are once again shining and the Saints could use support for Danny Ings up front. If he continues to impress, then you would have to suggest that Hasenhuttl has to utilise him next term.
If Elyounoussi returns to Southampton and helps to guide them to a strong finish next campaign, he will rectify his status with the fans and potentially become a crucial part of Hasenhuttl’s squad.