Mohamed Elyounoussi has revealed why he found it so difficult to find his feet at Southampton, via the Daily Echo.
The Norway international struggled to nail down a regular starting spot in the Saints’ starting-eleven last season, making just 16 league appearances for the south coast club. The 25-year-old failed to register a single goal for the Premier League outfit in that time, and will now spend the season on loan at Celtic.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, the Scandinavian admitted why he found things so difficult on the south coast.
“What was missing last season? It was all small details. It didn’t start great because I was injured and it took some time, it was my first game and I got an injury when I’d never had one in my career,” said the wide man, who cost Southampton £16m when he joined from Basel last summer.
“But I got back, then the manager got sacked, a new manager came in – a lot of things went on and it was hard to get momentum.”
The Saints will be hopeful that Elyounoussi will benefit from a move north of the border with the Scottish champions this term. In the SPL, he’ll have the opportunity to prove himself to his parent club before heading back south next summer.
For Elyounoussi, he will hope that he can follow in the footsteps of his team-mate, Sofiane Boufal, who spent last summer on loan at Celta Vigo but has since been reintroduced to the first-team fold under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
He’ll have to drastically improve his performances in a Southampton shirt to forge a career at the club, though, as the meagre 0.7 dribbles and 0.9 key passes (via WhoScored) that he averaged per game last season are far from good enough to earn him a place ahead of the likes of Nathan Redmond.
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