Sofiane Boufal was a player Southampton fans here in the Transfer Tavern were really excited about when the Hampshire outfit snapped him up from Lille last summer, but the Moroccan hasn’t quite lived up to the billing at St Mary’s Stadium.
There have been glimpses of his talent, but a nasty knee injury has disturbed his debut campaign and manager Claude Puel has seemingly been easing him into his first-team of late with a number of cameo appearances from the bench.
His low tally of 20 appearances this term has not kept him out of the Morocco team for their current internationals, though, and while away with his home nation, Boufal told beIN Sport (via SFR Sport) that Southampton fan will soon witness just what he can do on the pitch:
“The Premier League is a league that suits me, and the fans are soon going to see the real me. I’m sure of it. There’s more discipline in England, it’s a lot more work.
“We work a lot more. The mentality is completely different. Referees tend to let the play go on, to not blow their whistle too much. In France, refs protect players like me, but here, they don’t at all.”
Arguably, Boufal’s finest moment in the red and white shirt came vs. Sunderland in the EFL Cup in October when he netted a stunning goal en route to the club’s appearance in the final at Wembley.