While Southampton were embroiled in a relegation battle of their own, Sofiane Boufal was out on loan in Spain helping ensure Celta Vigo would stay in La Liga.
His influence was clearest in their most important game of the season, a 2-1 win against Girona which proved to be the difference between relegation and survival for the two sides come the campaign’s culmination.
He set up the talismanic Iago Aspas for Celta’s first, before curling in a wonderful effort to secure the win.
Southampton supporters are now growing hopeful that he can begin to have an impact for them:
Boufal the same? Think Ralph would transform him if the lads attitude is correct
— Dean (@bigwindowfitter) May 29, 2019
Boufal doing some training while on holiday in Dubai. Is he about to turn a page like Redmond? #SaintsFC
— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) May 29, 2019
The winger who is valued at £10.8 million on Transfermarkt has been underwhelming in a Southampton shirt, to say the least since joining the Saints in 2016.
However, the club’s supporters have maintained that he is a talented player who will eventually come good.
The sense of belief will have only grown stronger with the arrival of Ralph Hasenhüttl, who is renowned for getting the best out of his players.
Boufal’s Instagram story has shown him doing some fitness work while on holiday in Dubai, which has caught the attention of Saints fans who see this as a sign he could be about to turn a corner in his Southampton career.
A selection of Twitter reaction to Boufal’s training, including posts from hopeful Southampton fans, can be seen below:
Hope for our sides sake he does. Most talented player we have!
— Oz (@Ozman_1999) May 29, 2019
Agree he's a real talent. Would love to see him become one of our star players next season. #SaintsFC
— Michael Kavanagh (@KavMike) May 29, 2019
— Sammy B (@sammysfcb) May 29, 2019
Hope so. Seen videos of @IngsDanny doing the same in USA. Hopefully he can get his hamstrings right and get 20+ goals next season. No one deserves it more
— scott fisher (@scottfi54648411) May 29, 2019
I just don't get the management allowing the best players not to play a part of this year's campaign , What the team is so desperately needing is the skills that Boufal has, he never had a chance to showcase his immense talent after his knee recovery when he started at the club
— OiiO (@OiiOTech) May 29, 2019
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