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.
We kick off this week’s instalment of Southampton’s loan watch talking about two players who are currently spending time away from the club in Scotland.
Fraser Forster – Celtic
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster headed back to Celtic in the summer after falling out of favour at St. Mary’s, and is so far enjoying a vast amount of playing time – starring for the Bhoys in eight of their previous nine matches in all competitions, per Transfermarkt.
The ex-England international started things promisingly at Parkhead and is still doing a decent job – conceding just five league goals thus far – but has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last three outings for the club.
Celtic were beaten 2-0 by Livingston at the weekend and Forster was the man between the sticks, so he’ll be looking to rectify his wrongdoings when Neil Lennon’s side host Ross County after the international break.
Mohamed Elyounoussi – Celtic
Another man currently on loan from the Saints at Celtic is winger Mohamed Elyounoussi. The Norwegian wide man has impressed for the Scottish champions so far, scoring once and assisting twice for the Bhoys in his opening five appearances for the club (all competitions).
The 25-year-old was on the scoresheet for Celtic last week, as the Scottish outfit beat CFR Cluj 2-0 in the Europa League, and helped the club reach the semi-finals of the League Cup as they thrashed Partick Thistle 5-0 at Parkhead a fortnight ago.
Unfortunately, Elyounoussi couldn’t prevent the Bhoys losing 2-0 on Sunday, as he featured from the outset right until the end in the club’s disappointing defeat to Livingstone, but there are certainly promising signs of progression for the Scandinavian native in Glasgow.
Josh Sims – Red Bull New York
Undoubtedly the most left-field switch from any of Southampton’s loanees is Josh Sims, who traded life on the south coast for a taste of the MLS in the summer.
The 22-year-old spent time on loan with Championship outfit Reading last season, assisting three goals in 17 appearances for the Royals, per Transfermarkt, but is now plying his trade stateside with NY Red Bulls until the end of 2019.
So far, Sims has only assisted one goal for the MLS outfit, who currently sit 6th in the MLS Eastern Conference standings. He has been getting plenty of minutes in America, though, starting five of the club’s previous seven league games; appearing off the bench in the remaining two of those fixtures.
This will stand the young wide man in good stead upon his return to Saints in January, where it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll be sent back out on loan or become an active member of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad – just like he did at the end of last term.
All in all, things are looking positive for these three loanees. Forster is getting minutes, which is something he’s been in dire need of for two seasons now, while Elyounoussi is showing that he can help out in the goalscoring department at Parkhead.
Josh Sims may have only notched one assist so far, but he is getting plenty of opportunity to showcase his talents in a completely different league which is unused to, which can only be viewed as beneficial for a young player looking to progress at his parent club.
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