7 goals, 5 assists – Celtic attempting to sign £16m star on a permanent basis would be quite smart

Why Celtic shouldn’t rush into signing Mohamed Elyounoussi permanently

Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs, speaking on Ladbrokes Social Club h/t Evening Times), has urged the Hoops to try and sign Mohamed Elyounoussi on a permanent deal.

Mohamed Elyounoussi, 25, joined Celtic on a season-long loan from Southampton in the summer.

He has been simply terrific so far for the Glasgow giants and recently notched up a double to help his side advance to the Betfred Cup final against Hibernian in a 5-2 win. A brace against Hibs took his tally to 7 goals in just 10 appearances.

Mohamed Elyounoussi is loving life at Celtic. (Getty Images)
Mohamed Elyounoussi is loving life at Celtic. (Getty Images)

With Stubbs wanting Celtic to begin talks with the Saints with regards to signing the Norwegian permanently next summer, should the Scottish champions make an enquiry?

Mohamed Elyounoussi struggled in his debut season at Southampton after making the move from FC Basel last summer. However, he has been firing on all cylinders for Celtic as he has bagged 7 goals and 5 assists in 10 games in all competitions so far. He has settled in seamlessly into Lennon’s system at Parkhead.

Given the Norway international’s form so far, it wouldn’t be wrong for Celtic to consider a permanent move for him. Lennon needs to find a long-term replacement for Scott Sinclair, who is in the final year of his deal.

Despite Sinclair playing a big role in helping the Bhoys to the historic treble ‘Treble’ last season under Rodgers, Lennon has frozen the English winger out and chances of the English winger getting an extension look slim.

Mohamed Elyounoussi failed to make an impact on his debut season at Southampton. (Getty Images)
Mohamed Elyounoussi failed to make an impact on his debut season at Southampton. (Getty Images)

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Therefore, Celtic should aim to sign a left-winger before next season and Elyounoussi would be an ideal fit at Parkhead. As per BBC, Southampton paid £16m to sign him on a five-year contract from FC Basel.

Verdict

Celtic must not rush into making a decision. They should take some more time to decide whether they want to keep Elyounoussi beyond this season or not. However, there is no harm in enquiring.

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Written by Rohan Sengupta

Hi, I am Rohan Sengupta from one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. A Journalism graduate with a keen interest in sports, football is something I simply cannot live without and writing, discussing and analyzing the game is what I do 24*7.

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