Southampton want to give Elyounoussi another chance after Celtic loan; Bundesliga clubs interested

By Euan Davidson

June 5, 2021

Serial Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi could be on the move again.

VG are reporting that while Southampton are keen to have another look at the winger, German clubs are taking an interest. Moi, who has played 90 minutes of both of Norway’s last internationals, has featured on either flank for his country.

Hertha Berlin, Wolfsburg and Frankfurt are keen on the winger, according to VG, but Ralph Hassenhüttl’s Saints could benefit from a winger who scored 24 and assisted 14 in 67 Celtic outings. By my maths, that’s 0.56 goal contributions per match.

It’s little surprise that clubs are interested in the 26-year-old. What’s more surprising is that Southampton seem so reluctant to play the Norwegian international. Elyounoussi has only managed 19 appearances on the south coast since signing from FC Basel.

The side, who finished 15th in last season’s Premier League, relied on the likes of Takumi Minamino, loaned in from Liverpool, to provide width. The normally shrewd and successful recruitment team at St Mary’s haven’t enjoyed the dividends of their expensive signing yet, however.

Although he could frustrate Celtic supporters when the Bhoys were playing through the middle, it’s hard to argue Elyounoussi wasn’t a success at Paradise.

Mohamed Elyounoussi in action for Celtic against Dundee United / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Could Celtic move for Elyounoussi again?

Although there’s interest from the Bundesliga, there could be opportunities at Celtic once more Elyounoussi. Fine, this season past was a frustrating ordeal for everyone. But Moi’s contribution of near enough a goal contribution every other game is very hard to replace.

If you ask us, he was massively underrated this season. In a quick league like the Bundesliga, Elyounoussi could very well see similar numbers in terms of output for a side like Hertha Berlin. It’s also possible that Celtic could still get even more out of the Norwegian international.

Rarely was Elyounoussi used on the right. If Celtic could recruit more wingers, something fans have been desperately calling for, we’d be able to rotate our wide options more readily. Having Elyounoussi cut inside on his stronger foot could be a real weapon for the Bhoys. That’s if they went back in for him.

Seemingly, Southampton haven’t declared whether or not they’re willing to accept another loan deal. But if they are, Elyounoussi back in the Hoops would be a more than welcome sight.

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