Angus Gunn pays tribute to Southampton's Sofiane Boufal

Angus Gunn during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on December 12, 2018 in Southampton, England.

Sofiane Boufal has returned from a La Liga loan spell at Celta Vigo and he's finally establishing himself in the Premier League with Hasenhuttl's Saints.

Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Southampton at Bramall Lane, Sheffield on Saturday 14th September 2019.

Angus Gunn has described rejuvenated Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal as ‘like a new signing’ since he returned to St Mary’s from a loan spell at Celta Vigo, in quotes reported by the Daily Echo.

A winger who joined The Saints for a club-record £16 million in 2016 is finally, finally starting to prove his worth on the South Coast.

 

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.

Sofiane Boufal of Celta de Vigo celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Girona FC at Abanca-Balaídos on April 21, 2019 in Vigo,...

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.

Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal in action during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton on Saturday 31st August 2019.

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