"Yes please"; Elyounoussi report has Celtic fans looking for summer move
The prospect of bringing Mohamed Elyounoussi back to Parkhead in the summer has certainly caught the imagination of Celtic fans.
The Southampton-owned left-winger is spending the season in Glasgow on a second consecutive loan spell. And, despite the campaign generally being a disastrous one so far, the Norwegian has certainly added some moments of quality.
For long spells this season, Moi was our top scorer. That was until Odsonne Edouard overtook him with his brace at Kilmarnock last week. Before that, it was Moi leading the way with 13 goals and six assists to his name [Transfermarkt].
Yet even so, there is still a feeling that Moi can bring more. Neil Lennon has regularly used the winger this term, so he hasn’t been found wanting in terms of opportunities. He’s made 31 appearances already this campaign and it’s only February. 19 of those matches have seen him play for over an hour.
However, too often in games does he seem to go quiet. He’s the kind of player who can do nothing all game or come out and be man-of-the-match. There’s almost no in-between. Moi either has a disappointing performance or a standout one.
A permanent deal for him has never looked likely throughout his two loan stints here. Given Southampton splashed out £16million to sign him [The Telegraph], it’s always looked speculative.
Subject of Elyounoussi on a permanent deal has seen many Celtic fans change their minds
At differing stages of his time here, the mood surrounding his future has changed. A good run of form and he’s a fan-favourite. A poor run of form and he’s not wanted for the summer rebuild.
However, with Football Insider reporting that he could be available for £5million in the summer, that’s certainly got supporters believing it would be worth a punt.
But what has to be remembered is that we’re all looking for major changes at the end of the season. Elyounoussi can’t be forced on a new manager. Any structural change at Celtic will likely include a new team in the dugout. They’ll have to want the Norwegian before we actually go making any move to bring him back permanently.
You then have the prospect of whether Moi would even want to return. Let’s face it, we haven’t been a good sell this season for any of the loan stars. At the start of the month, the player refused to be drawn into talk over his future [Daily Record].
In recent times there hasn’t been much of a clamour to get a deal done permanently. However, with a reportedly major valuation drop, it’s gotten fans back onside again.
Here’s a look at how they responded to the Football Insider report:
If Moi Elyounoussi is gon for 6 million we should be giving Southampton a bell right this minute and telling them he’s getting locked in at lennoxtown til he signs the contract and theyll get their dough via bank transfer in the next 10 mins
— Shaun Hendo (@Shaunn_88) February 9, 2021
Credit to Lenny and our coaching staff for devaluing Elyounoussi so much that we can now actually afford him.
— Jahbhoy (@CelticDa1) February 9, 2021
🇳🇴 | Mo Elyounoussi
He's had his critics, he's not kept in one position & there's people who state he's 'inconsistent' however…
Mo Elyounoussi this season scores or assists a goal every 94 minutes, the question has to be asked… how much worse off would we be without him?😂 pic.twitter.com/n2uEWNSzUu
— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) February 9, 2021
If it’s true that we can get Mohammed Elyounoussi for £5m in the summer get it done.
Was flying before injury problems in his first season.
Few on and off games this year but in a whole he’s been one of our only bright sparks this season.
— Adam Lynch (@AdamLynch27) February 9, 2021
Moi Elyounoussi on a permanent deal NOT managed by Neil Lennon next season yes please 👍🏽
— div (@_dkelly67) February 9, 2021
Mohamed Elyounoussi has been involved in 32 goals in his 53 appearances for Celtic. In that time he's often been played out of position and been played in a side going through horrendous form.
Yet there's still folk saying he's no worth 5 million.
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— Aidan Ritchie (@AidanRitchie27) February 9, 2021
Elyounoussi is a steal at £5m by the way. Very good player and like so many others in the squad would become far better under a new and better manager.
— Murray (@DMMacdonald96) February 9, 2021
Elyounoussi has an approximate 1 in 2.5 gpg record for us, as well as just over 1 in 2 at Molde and slightly outperforming Salah at Basel over a similar time frame, he’s a tremendous player and to get him for that price would be a fantastic deal for us.
— Sean (@discipleofAnge) February 10, 2021
No seen anyone divide opinion in recent quite as much as Elyounoussi. Seems very love him or hate him.
— Lee (@lee__67) February 10, 2021
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