Celtic’s Mohamed Elyounoussi has thrived since joining the club from Southampton on loan towards the end of the transfer window. In 12 games for the Hoops, he has scored seven goals, and has six assists.
Indeed, so good has his form been that he was recently named Premiership player of the month for October. One potential reason that the attacker has performed so well for the Hoops has been how quickly he has settled into the club.
“I think I’ve done that”
“I came up here to Celtic to create chances, score goals and help win games for the team and with the manager’s trust in me, I think I’ve done that” Elyounoussi said, as reported by the official Celtic website.
He also revealed that two players he was already familiar with have helped him with life at Celtic. Namely Fraser Forster, who he played with at Southampton, and fellow Norwegian international Kristoffer Ajer.
“Fraser Forster, I knew from before at Southampton, and he’s been driving me in to Lennoxtown, while he and Kris Ajer have been telling me things about the club.”
A good sign that player is enjoying his football
It is a good sign that the player seems to be enjoying life at Celtic Park. He is playing on a regular basis, something that did not happen at Southampton. At the Premier League side he made only 19 apperances last season.
Could this fine start to life at Celtic Park mean that the player is set to join the Hoops on a permanent deal? That is a question that can only be answered at the end of the season. However, it would be a huge statement of intent if they could sign the player on a permanent deal.
It should be remembered that Southampton paid Basel £16 million for the player, so Celtic will need to spend big to get any deal done.
Hopefully his international team-mate Kristoffer Ajer can help influence Elyounoussi’s decision. The fact that he is playing regular football and sees happy at the club can’t be discounted. For now though, Elyounoussi will be focused on helping Celtic maintain their good run of form.