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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl needs to avoid using Mohamed Elyounoussi

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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl needs to avoid using Mohamed Elyounoussi

Southampton currently occupy a spot in the relegation zone of the Premier League and the pressure is on Ralph Hasenhuttl after the honeymoon period.

The Saints suffered a crushing 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City at St Mary’s at the weekend and it was a huge opportunity missed to pick up much-needed points.

It may take a few changes within the squad to change the team’s fortune, but Mohamed Elyounoussi is somebody that should not be given game time.

Elyounoussi came off the bench for the Cardiff loss and once again offered very little during his time on the pitch.

 

The 24-year-old attacker has been extremely ineffective this campaign with no goals and no assists in 17 games across all competitions.

Hasenhuttl has used him six times already since his appointment as management and it feels a waste when he’s involved.

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Elyounoussi is a versatile attacker that can play on the wing or behind the striker, but it’s not quite happened for him in English football.

He previously showed his qualities for Swiss outfit FC Basel, but Southampton don’t have time to carry any passengers in the fight for relegation and opting for more proven players would be a smart approach.

Southampton forked out £16million (Sky Sports) to bring him to the club at the beginning of the season and he should be kept to one side ahead of either giving him a second attempt in the summer, or offloading him for good.

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