It looks like Southampton are in for a tough season. The Saints are struggling to find any rhythm under Mark Hughes and currently have just the one win in the Premier League this season. One thing they are seriously lacking is creativity going forward. There appears to be no spark in their attacking intent and it is the reason why they have managed just six goals in the Premier League this season.
Selling Dusan Tadic to Ajax in the summer probably did not help matters. But another player they let leave in the summer could have been a good option in their sticky moments this season.
Sofiane Boufal was allowed to leave the club this summer. Hughes sanctioned his loan move to Spanish side Celta Vigo after it became clear the pair were not on good working terms.
Southampton broke their club transfer record to buy Boufal from Lille for a fee in the region of £16 million back in August 2016. But despite the occasional moments of brilliance, he struggled to settle in English football and a bust-up with Hughes was the final straw.
However, Celta are enjoying his presence. Boufal scored at the weekend, in a defeat to Sevilla. It was his second goal of the season, in which he has mostly been used as a substitute. But considering he only scored two goals in 30 appearances for Southampton last season, doing so in just six games with his new club is quite impressive.
No doubt there are many who are pleased to have seen the back of Boufal. However, having a player with his ability in their ranks could have been a major boost for the Saints.