Southampton loan watch: Lemina injured in Turkey, Elyounoussi bags brace for Celtic & Reed gains experience with the Cottagers

In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.

Mario Lemina – Galatasaray

It’s been a loan spell to forget for Mario Lemina so far. The 26-year-old has failed to score or assist for the Super Lig titans in four appearances, and has missed the club’s previous four matches in all competitions with a hamstring injury (via Transfermarkt).

Fotomac (via Sport Witness) reported last week that Lemina could now, in fact, return home from his loan spell early so that the club can reintroduce full-back Martin Linnes back into the squad, after the Norwegian was initially left out at the start of the campaign due to Galatasaray reaching their limit of foreign players (14).

Mohamed Elyounoussi – Celtic

Mohamed Elyounoussi is enjoying his loan spell north of the border with Celtic. The Norwegian wide man has now notched three goals and two assists for the Hoops in all competitions, per Transfermarkt, and was instrumental in the reigning champions’ resounding 6-0 win over Ross County on Saturday.

The 25-year-old was on the scoresheet twice at Parkhead, with his first goal coming inside the opening four minutes and his second coming 20 minutes before the end. Celtic now move above Rangers to the top of the SPL on goal difference, with Elyounoussi looking likely to start this weekends clash against Aberdeen.

Interestingly enough, he recently told the Celtic View (via HITC) that he didn’t even know his side had returned to the top of the table until the Monday morning following their result!

“I only heard that we were back top when I came into training on Monday. I knew Rangers were playing after us but I didn’t know the outcome until it was mentioned in training.

Harrison Reed – Fulham

Harrison Reed played 90 minutes for Fulham against Stoke last weekend, but couldn’t help the Cottagers as they fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the bet365 Stadium.

However, according to WhoScored, the 24-year-old registered a pass completion rate of 96.7% against the Potters – only his midfield partner Harry Arter achieved a higher percentage with 97.2% (via WhoScored).

More recently, he had 65 passes as the Cottagers beat Luton at home and boasted the second-highest passing accuracy again with 93.9%.

Mario Lemina’s disastrous spell away from Southampton continues to worsen with his latest injury set back and rumours that he could now return home early due to a shift in personnel at Galatasaray.

Mohamed Elyounoussi and Harrison Reed are continuing to prosper when given opportunities with Celtic and Fulham respectively, however, with the former now rediscovering the goalscoring form that attracted Saints to him in the first place.

Southampton fans, do you think any of these three players have a future at the club? Let us know below!

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Southampton loan watch: Lemina injured in Turkey, Elyounoussi bags brace for Celtic & Reed gains experience with the Cottagers
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