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Struggling Mohamed Elyounoussi simply must seek to follow Spain-bound Wesley Hoedt out of Southampton

Struggling Mohamed Elyounoussi simply must seek to follow Spain-bound Wesley Hoedt out of Southampton

According to a recent report from Faro de Vigo, Wesley Hoedt looks set to leave Southampton for Celta Vigo this month. The centre back only made the move to St Mary’s back in the summer of 2017 after a few years at Italian giants Lazio, but struggles for regular game time under new Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has plunged his future at the club into huge doubt. 

In fact, the Austrian admitted earlier this month that the 24-year-old was free to leave Southampton, and that looks set to happen as reports suggest that La Liga outfit Celtic Vigo are closing in on a move for the Netherlands international, which appears to make sense for all parties involved given Hoedt’s lowly position in the Saints pecking order.

And fellow Southampton flop Mohamed Elyounoussi, valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt, simply must seek to follow the Spain-bound Hoedt out of St Mary’s this month for the better of his career as well.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, while Dutchman Hoedt was a regular for the South Coast side in his debut season at the club last time round, appearing 28 times in their battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League, he simply hasn’t been able to convince new boss Hasenhuttl of his capabilities in the centre back role.

In fact, the 24-year-old has gone from being one of the first names on former manager Mark Hughes’ team-sheet to failing to appear at all under the Austrian, with failing to make any of their last six match-day squads in the league underlining just how far away he is from the first team.

And his lowly position in the pecking order was further emphasised by the fact that he didn’t make either squad for their two FA Cup clashes against Derby County earlier this month – despite plenty of changes from Hasenhuttl, Hoedt wasn’t one of them.

And it appears that the Netherlands international will indeed get the chance to resurrect his career with regular football at Celta Vigo, and fellow Saints star Elyounoussi should look to do exactly the same this month in leaving Southampton after a woeful first six months in English football.

There was much anticipation when the Norway international made the move to St Mary’s during the summer after impressing in his two years at Swiss giants Basel, yet that optimism simply hasn’t transpired into anything meaningful in the winger’s opening half a season in the Premier League.

In fact, the 24-year-old has yet to score a goal or indeed lay on an assist in 15 appearances in all competitions for the Saints this season, which is a pretty damning indictment of just how far off the pace Elyounoussi has looked this term – even against lower league opposition in Derby, the Norwegian star seriously struggled to make a meaningful impact.

And with Nathan Redmond having been galvanised by the arrival of Hasenhuttl on the other flank, there is clearly a place for talented wingers to produce the goods in the Austrian’s team – yet that just doesn’t look like happening with Elyounoussi.

And with fellow flop Hoedt seemingly on his way out of St Mary’s this month, the former Basel man simply must seek to follow him out the exit door in a bid to get his career going again.

Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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