Summer signing Mohamed Elyounoussi has admitted that being creepily stalked by Southampton over the last six years made it easier for him to make the move when we firmed up our interest.
With the 23-year-old Norwegian international coming in from Basel on a deal reportedly worth around the £16million mark, Elyounoussi certainly provides manager Mark Hughes with options as he can operate through the middle or on either wing and he does have an eye for a goal as last season he scored 14 times in 45 matches for is former club.
With pre-season well underway for him as he continues to adjust to life at Southampton and in England the player has been in front of the media this week discussing his move and he told the Daily Echo that a six-year pursuit by the club and a dose of healthy ‘creepy stalking’ made his decision to make the switch easy in the end as with Southampton taking that effort over him, he’s even more confident he can have a good impact at the club now.
“It’s good because they’ve been keeping an eye on me since 2012. It’s been a long time and that makes me confident that I can trust the club and come here and be myself because the only thing they are expecting from me is to do the same in Basel; to play my game and to try to create chances. It’s almost a little bit creepy that they’ve been stalking me for so long, but that means a lot that they’ve been tracking me like that.”
Having done our due diligence on the player, whilst you can never be 100% sure a signing will work out, hopefully, it does mean he has an increased chance as we know him inside out and must know exactly how to get the best out of him. Hughes may have been a more recent addition across those six years but it’s also reported that he had his eye on him whilst at Stoke…so fingers crossed.