This summer saw Southampton decide to let Sofiane Boufal leave the club, with the attacker heading back to his first club Angers on a free transfer despite having one year remaining on his contract at St Mary’s.
The Saints decided to let the player go, after his tumultuous spell on the South Coast following a then club-record move to the club, reported by The Guardian to be worth a potential £21 million, from Lille.
However, after a number of management changes, bad luck with injuries, a wondergoal, and a loan spell at Celta Vigo, Southampton decided it was time to let him go.
Now, Boufal is going about showing just why Southampton were so keen to sign him back in 2016.
Boufal scored his first goal since his return to the club yesterday as Angers defeated Rennes 2-1 and the 27-year-old is clearly happy to have made the move.
“We had a big match,” he is quoted as telling the media by France Football. “We were really strong. It’s a historic victory because it had been a very long time since the SCO won here in Rennes.
“Scoring will do me good mentally. Physically, I’m gradually starting to regain my feelings. I am happy. It’s nice.”
Southampton fans saw glimpses of what Boufal could offer during his time at the club, scoring the 2017-18 Premier League goal of the season against West Brom in 2017.
But, on the whole, he did not live up to his price-tag at the club and he will be hoping to perform much better now he is back in familiar surroundings.
The good news for Southampton? They included a sell-on clause in the deal so if Boufal ever earns himself a similarly priced exit as the one that took him to England in the first place, the Saints will be cashing in.