Mohamed Elyounoussi’s future hasn’t be discussed much given the winger’s injury problems, but he has stated that he’s enjoying his time at Celtic.
The Norwegian international arrived back in August in a season-long loan deal from Southampton. Since then, he’s gone on to record an impressive seven goals and six assists in 13 appearances (Transfermarkt). He also played a key role in our run to Europa League last-32 qualification, starting all four matches before picking up an injury.
That foot knock has kept him out of action since November outside of a 45-minute outing against Rangers in the Betfred Cup before the turn of the year.
Now, however, he looks ready to return at Fir Park tonight. And speaking to Norwegian outlet TV2, he touched on his enjoyment at Parkhead as well as how he feels about his future.
“I still get messages from the assistant coach and the physical therapists there (Southampton). They ask how things are going and keep an eye on me.
“I enjoy Celtic, it’s a fantastic big and nice club. I have to think about the future as it approaches summer. Now it’s all about getting back into shape. I think more about the here and now than the future
“I have not shown myself from my best side when I was there (Premier League) for many different reasons. I’ve always wanted to disprove the skeptics, but now it’s all about coming back.”
Is Elyounoussi eyeing another crack at the Premier League?
Don’t shoot the messenger, but this does sound as though Elyounoussi still has ambitions of making it in the Premier League. Talking about disproving the skeptics doesn’t make for pretty reading from our point of view.
However, he could just be meaning generally. Elyounoussi hasn’t played a lot of football since his £16m (The Scotsman) move to Southampton in the summer of 2018. He could just be looking to make his mark in football again, regardless of how talented he is.
Yet coming from Norway, it would likely be a big ambition of his to play in England. If he feels he reaches those peak levels, it could be the case that he wants to have another stab at it. At 25, he’ll feel he still has plenty of time to make an impact.
He seemed keen to brush away whether he want to stay here or go back down to England. The only real positives we can take from this is that he is enjoying life at Parkhead and sees us as a massive club to continue plying his trade.
Neil Lennon has confirmed that Elyounoussi will be fit to feature in the squad tonight at Fir Park (Celtic TV). All eyes will be on whether he comes back from his injury with a bang or not.
But one thing’s for sure – the closer we get to the summer, the more the spotlight is going to be cast on where Elyounoussi sees himself.