Ex-Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi now bossing the EPL with Southampton
Former Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi is now thriving in the English Premier League after bagging his 10th direct goal contribution of the season over the weekend.
Moi, who spent 2 years at Parkhead between 2019 and 2021, is finally getting the opportunity his talent deserves under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The Austrian tactician has fielded Elyounoussi on 19 occasions this season, and has handed him 12 starts in the top flight alone. Elyounoussi is becoming a recognisable figure when it comes to Southampton’s starting XI, and he’s made a huge impact over the last 2 games in particular.
The Norwegian international netted a superb header in the 3-2 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week. He then followed it up with a clever assist to set up Che Adams at Old Trafford on Saturday. Let’s also not forget his fantastic left-footed opener at the London Stadium against West Ham a couple of weeks ago after Christmas too.
Back in October, it was reported by the Daily Record that his fine start to the season had led to genuine interest from Arsenal and Leicester City. In the end, he stayed with the Saints, and recently outlined his happiness where he is [The Sun].
It’s a massive bounceback for the player after a dismal collective campaign with Celtic in our push for 10-in-a-row. Despite bagging 14 goals and 7 assists for the Hoops last term, it ended up being a season to forget [Transfermarkt].
Mohamed Elyounoussi would’ve been welcome at Celtic under Ange Postecoglou
It would’ve been absolutely brilliant to see how Ange would’ve worked alongside Elyounoussi. It certainly would’ve been an intriguing dynamic, and Ange would certainly have loved the work ethic that Moi seemed to have during his time at Parkhead.
But at the same time, nobody can say Elyounoussi didn’t make the right decision to remain with the EPL club. Not when you take into account the exposure and constant first-team experience he’s now getting in one of the most famous leagues in world football.
Ultimately, this is what he hoped his Celtic spell would do for his career. It’s exactly what he wanted come the end of it all, granted that alongside some silverware last season would’ve been ideal.
But you can see when watching Elyounoussi now just hwo beneficial his time in Scotland has been for him. He looks quicker and sharper on the ball, and is able to make key decisions in the final third without needing as much time as he did when he first arrived at Parkhead.
It may have been a season to forget for the Hoops all-round, but Elyounoussi will certainly have taken plenty from it. It’s clearly helped prep him for the EPL which he’s now currently thriving in.
He isn’t daunted coming up against some of the best sides in world football, and he doesn’t look out of place when coming up against them either. You have to credit his individual improvement in that regard over the past 2 years. hopefully, he continues making a big impact down south moving forward. A big-money move may not be too far off.