Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi’s international career has certainly stalled over the last few months, and that continued over the past week.
Elyounoussi was called up to the Norway squad for their matches against Spain and Romania respectively. This came after failing to make the cut last month for games against Malta and Sweden.
It looked as though Elyounoussi would play a part in trying to save Norway’s Euro 2020 hopes. However, disappointingly, he didn’t come off the bench in either game.
The 1-1 draw with Spain was followed by another stalemate against Romania. It now leaves Norway needing wins against both the Faroe Islands and Malta whilst also needing results elsewhere to go their way. It doesn’t look great after the disappointing point in Romania.
And Elyounoussi, being left out of both matches, has now not been chosen for Norway’s last six games – all of which were competitive.
Only Celtic performances will turn this around for Mo
So it’s been a frustrating international jaunt for Mo. His last Norway appearance was against Sweden back in March, as he managed his 24th cap for his country. But unfortunately, things haven’t gone right since then.
It’s also odd considering Norway were picking him regularly when he was barely playing for Southampton. He managed to play eight matches for his country when he only made 19 outings for Saints last season.
However, his lack of game-time before coming to Celtic has surely had an impact on why he hasn’t featured regularly in recent times. In fairness, Elyounoussi is in a better place now.
It’s highly likely that he finds his way back into the team in the near future. He remains one of their best talents, but needs more games under his belt.
Elyounoussi has played a part in Celtic’s last two matches against Livingston and Cluj respectively. He even nabbed his first Hoops goal against the Romanians. His performances are gradually improving. That’s most likely why he was back in the international fold and not left out like last time.
However, his Norway career over the next few months will rely hugely on how he performs at Parkhead. Hopefully, that leads to some big performances for the Hoops.