Mo Elyounoussi one goal away from bettering last season's Celtic performance

By John Reid

November 3, 2020

Celtic’s Mo Elyounoussi is a man who is in good form at the moment. In his last four games he has scored four goals, and he looks to be one of Celtic’s key players going forward this season.

Interestingly, being dropped to the bench might be the spark behind Elyounoussi’s recent burst of good form. He had a poor game against Rangers, and was left out of the starting line-up to face Rangers.

Hasn’t looked back since goal against Milan

He then came on as a sub at half-time against Milan, scored Celtic’s goal in the game and from then on he has made himself invaluable to the team.

So well has Elyounoussi played for the Hoops this season that he is already on course to better last season’s performances. A season which saw him win two trophies for Celtic.

Last season he scored seven goals for the Hoops in 20 appearances. This season, after only 16 appearances, he has matched the goal tally of seven goals. One more goal, and he has bettered his performances of last season.

Of course, injuries prevented him from having much of an impact during a chunk of last season. Hopefully that doesn’t turn out to be the case this season.

Easy to see why huge transfer fee was paid for player

Going by Elyounoussi’s recent performances, you can see why Southampton were so keen to spend £16m to bring the player to the Premier League from Basel back in 2018.

Mohamed Elyounoussi and Nir Bitton vs Aberdeen (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In a way, Celtic have been fortunate to sign the player twice in two different loan deals. There’s not many teams that would agree to let a player worth so much money leave the club two years in a row.

Will Celtic be able to persuade Elyounoussi to return to the Hoops next season? Only time will tell on that front. However, for now fans should just enjoy the player’s performances in the green and white Hoops.

If he keeps up this form, Elyounoussi could be one of Celtic’s players of the year.

In other news, Scott Brown won’t complain about being a Celtic substitute.