Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi has been a success whenever he’s been on the pitch for Celtic, so signing him permanently wouldn’t be a risk.
The only question mark that hovers over him is with regards to his injury woes. Elyounoussi has only played 45 minutes since injuring himself after our 2-1 win in Lazio back in November. However, the Scottish Sun has stated that he’s set to return to training on Friday.
And before he starts making an impact, Celtic should be on the phone to Southampton in a bid to get a permanent deal sorted soon.
Southampton signed Elyounoussi for £16million from Basel in the summer of 2018 (The Telegraph). It’s a scary valuation for Celtic to compete with, but the stars have aligned for us to ask the question of Saints.
Elyounoussi hasn’t made an impact at Celtic since November. As of right now, his current profile is as low as it’s been since we signed him on loan.
Lesser interest in his services at the moment
What that means is that it could help us try to sign him with little interest in his services from elsewhere. For example, if he returns and nets another 10 goals and bags 10 assists before the end of the season, interest from other clubs around Europe is bound to increase. That would make a summer move more difficult.
In addition to that, asking Southampton now would coincide with some brilliant form of their own. They’ve only lost one of their last eight, and that’s included wins against the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Leicester City respectively.
The last thing we need is for Southampton to be in poor form and looking for other options. When clubs aren’t doing too well, it’s easy to look at the players out on loan and wonder why you didn’t keep them, especially if they’re doing well.
We could do without that. With the figure Saints paid for him, it would be ideal for them to not miss him. Combine that with the fact that he’s not been in the headlines recently and it would be worth making a move.
That’s not to say we can’t get him in the summer. We can if we’re ambitious enough. But if there are other interested parties, that could push his value up further.
Celtic could do with throwing their supporters a bone. We’ve been given nothing to chew this deadline day, and unless the club pulls something out of the hat, it’s been massively disappointing.
Elyounoussi is one we should be tackling at some stage. So why not now?