Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal has sent an encouraging message to fans heading into the international break that the club will do better following a rough start to the season.
Speaking to the club’s official website (membership needed), the Moroccan international revealed his love for Southampton and they’re supporters as well as admit that the team have endured a difficult start to life in the Premier League.
The Saints currently sit in 17th in the Premier League table after eight games, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side winning just two games this season. However, Southampton have faced off four of last year’s top-six in the form of Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea, claiming just one point from those four fixtures.
Yet despite these difficult games, Boufal believes that Southampton should have done better in their opening games of the season.
The former Lille star said: “I love this club, I love the fans, and I am very happy to be back to play for this team and I am excited about this season. Of course, the philosophy of this manager is not the same as that of the previous manager.
“We’ve also played a lot of the top-six teams, so it’s a difficult start to the season in our schedule and I think we can do better, and I think we will do better in the future.”
The comeback of Boufal has been one of the feel-good stories of the season for Southampton.
After a year at Celta Vigo and his Saints career seemingly non-existent, the 26-year-old winger has this season emerged as one of the club’s most important players as numbers from Transfermarkt show, with the attacker assisting twice in the Premier League already and featuring in all but one game for Hasenhuttl’s side.