Southampton outcast Mohamed Elyounoussi is in hot water after he was caught on his phone during Celtic’s 4-1 Europa League loss against Sparta Prague on Thursday.
Elyounoussi under fire
The Saints spent £16m on Elyounoussi in 2018, but he struggled at St. Mary’s Stadium, failing to score in 19 appearances in all competitions. As such, he was loaned out to the Scottish champions last summer, and that spell was extended before the start of this term.
He has impressed for Neil Lennon’s side, scoring 14 goals and providing 10 assists in 37 games, including seven of the former this term, but has endured the wrath of Neil Lennon after he was spotted on his phone during the embarrassing loss. BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton called his behaviour “scandalous”.
Future at Southampton?
This is not good news for Elyounoussi. There is almost no way he can defend his actions here – during the game, he should be concentrated on nothing other than the match itself, even if he finds himself in the stands rather than on the pitch.
Does Elyounoussi have a future at Southampton?
In the long-run, this is unlikely to be too much of an issue, and it shouldn’t affect the decision Ralph Hasenhuttl has to make on his future at the end of the campaign. The Norway international has impressed north of the border, and 23 goals and 30 assists in 80 games with Basel suggests he just endured a poor spell on the south coast. Given the amount of money they spent on him, Southampton should give him another chance.
In other news, Hasenhuttl slams this unprofessional youngster.
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