Boufal was likened to Eden Hazard during his formative years in Lille with his ability to breeze past full-backs in the blinking of an eye convincing Southampton to part with a huge sum in the hope that the Moroccan could match the impact made by Chelsea’s legendary number ten on English shores.
But it is only now, three years on and via a hit-and-miss 12 months at Celta, that Boufal is starting to live up to expectations.
And, speaking after the enigmatic 26-year-old set up Moussa Djenepo’s winner at Sheffield United on Saturday, Southampton goalkeeper Gunn has paid tribute to a man who is enjoying a new lease of life under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
“The return of Sofiane has been brilliant, he’s been like a new signing,” said the former Manchester City shot-stopper.
With Djenepo netting two sublime goals in his first few weeks as a Southampton player and with Nathan Redmond in the form of his life under Hasenhuttl, Boufal could complete a thrilling strike force if he proves that this is not merely another false dawn.
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