Under the spotlight – Elyounoussi

  • Name: Mohamed Elyounoussi
  • Club: Southampton
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Price: £6.5M

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Southamptons largest summer signing so far, Elyounoiussi joined the Premier League side for a reported £16M (official figure was undisclosed) from Swiss side FC Basel. He is seen by many as a replacement for Dusan Tadic who left a few days before to join Ajax.

To many Elyounoussi is probably largely unknown, as so far he has played his trade in Norway and most recently Switzerland, although he caught the attention of some last season by scoring one and setting up one in their victory in the Champions League over Man City.

He’s been valued at £6.5M this season, reflective of both the club he is playing for and him being a relatively unknown quantity in FPL. He operates mostly as an attacking midfielder either off a main forward or wide left in a forward three.  Last season for Basel he scored 11 goals and set up 15 in 33 games. From an FPL perspective that would mean a return in every 1.3 games and would equate to 163 points (excluding CS points, as not known.

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Obviously the Swiss Super League is no Premier League but what it does show is that he as the capability to provide in terms of goals and assists, a perfect combination for a midfielder pick on FPL, and someone you would expect to return over 100 points if he features regularly during the season.

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With Tadic moving on, he’ll be competing with the likes of Boufal, Redmond, Ward Prowse and fellow new signing Armstrong for the attacking options off the main forward, but i would imagine he’ll slot in on the left of the front three if playing 3-4-3 or 4-2-3-1.

Based on 17/18 data he not only out performed all of those mentioned above, but also scored more than any forward too.  With Tadic often earning the “FPL Troll” tag, i can see Elyounoussi being a bit more consistent as he appears to offer a bit extra compared to Tadic with is greater pace and a better eye for goal.

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With his £6.5M price tag he falls into the same bracket as 3 other new players this season. Based on the opening 5 game weeks for these 4 players though i think Elyounoussi is a smashing option as an early season gamble to give a few games and see how he performs. He could easily be this seasons Richarlison (although hopefully doing it over the full season too).

“He has got an outstanding record of goals and assists in two different countries, and we have been extremely impressed by the intelligence he has shown in his play from a tactical point of view. He’s still at a young age as well, so we’re confident he can continue to improve and fulfill even more of his potential with us, and, following on from the arrival of Stuart Armstrong this week, we feel we have made real progress in adding a new dimension to our attack ahead of the season”

Mark Hughes – Southampton Manager