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Southampton: Elyounoussi’s future still looks bleak despite Hasenhuttl encouragement

Southampton: Elyounoussi’s future still looks bleak despite Hasenhuttl encouragement

As far as flops of the season go, Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi has to be up there.

The 24-year-old arrived at St. Mary’s last summer after an impressive 2017/18 campaign with Basel, but only went on to make eight Premier League starts, failing to score in any of his 16 appearances overall.

Looking at Elyounoussi’s interview with TV2 (via Sport Witness), though, the Norwegian winger seems fairly confident about turning things around next term if he stays on the south coast.

“He [Ralph Hasenhuttl] knows my qualities and sees that I fit into his plans,” Elyounoussi told TV2. “But we have not set any future plans yet. Now it’s time to get back in shape and take it from there

“We had a good chat together. Both with him and the club. I didn’t get a good run when I got there, so now it is about getting in shape in the preseason.”

In the end, though, Elyounoussi could once again be left feeling a little disappointed. Even if Hasenhuttl does see the Norway international as compatible for his plans, you can still see him easily struggling to get into Southampton’s starting XI next season.

Given the campaign Nathan Redmond has just had, you would have to imagine that the 25-year-old will be one of the first names on Hasenhuttl’s team sheet, a team sheet that could soon include Moussa Djenepo.

Djenepo is close to signing for Southampton from Standard Liege, according to Sky Sports, in a development that would make competition for a place out wide even more fierce for Elyounoussi.

And if the season that has just gone is anything to go by, it is a contest the former Basel man will find difficult to win.

Southampton fans, does Elyounoussi still have a future at the club? Let us know in the comment section below!

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