Sofiane Boufal
19
Midfielder
Sofiane Boufal
CUW Moroccan
2019/20 Key Performance Stats Last updated 14 Nov 2019
Games Played
11
Minutes played
588
Games Started
6
Goals
0
Goals
0
Assists
2
Chances
created
6
Pass Completion
79%
Passes
completed
145
Total
passes
183
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Sofiane Boufal Saints History

Last updated 14 Nov 2019
Total matches
68
Emirates FA Cup
3
Carabao Cup
6
Premier League
59
Goals
4
Seasons
3
Saints debut
01 Jan 0001
Southampton FC

Southampton FC

Season Appearances Emirates FA Cup Carabao Cup Premier League Goals
2019/20 11 0 2 9 0
2017/2018 30 3 1 26 2
2016/2017 27 0 3 24 2

Sofiane Boufal Season Stats

League Only
Last updated 14 Nov 2019

General

Games Played
9
11
Minutes played
429
588
Games Started
4
6
Subs on/off
5/3
5/4

Attack

Goals
0
0
Total shots
8
10
Shots on target
6
7
Mins per goal
0
0
Conversion rate
0%
0%
Inside box
0
0
Outside
box
0
0
Set
pieces
0
0
Header
0
0
Other
0
0
Left foot
0
0
Right foot
0
0

Distribution

Passes Completed
116 / 149
145 / 183
Crosses completed
/ 13
/ 13
Assists
2
2
Chances created
6
6

Defence

Clearances
0
0
Blocks
0
0
Interceptions
1
2
Tackles won
/ 9
14 / 20
Duels won
50 / 122
67 / 160
Aerial duels won
/ 11
/ 16

Discipline

Fouls awarded
10
14
Fouls conceded
15
18
Yellow cards
1
1
Red cards
0
0

Sofiane Boufal Biography

Last updated 04 Nov 2019
Nationality
Moroccan
Age
26
Height
170 cm
Weight
60 kg
Saints debut
-

Former clubs: Angers, Lille

Early years

Sofiane Boufal was born to Moroccan parents in Paris, in September 1993.

It was in the city of Angers, to the southwest of the French capital, where he would grow up and where his football career would begin.

A technically-gifted player, Boufal, who is comfortable playing out wide, or as a number ten, honed his ability on the ball by playing futsal at an early age – something he credits for helping him with his dribbling ability in tight spaces.

During the school holidays, he would head outside to work on his footwork alone, if no one was around to play with.

His development would then continue in the Angers youth system. Despite his talent, Boufal’s height – he did not have a growth spurt until late – nearly counted against him.

Fortunately, despite his small stature, he had enough backing from his coaches for the club to retain him, and they were rewarded for their faith when Boufal grew to his current height of 5ft 8in.

Professional breakthrough

His debut for the Angers first-team arrived in August 2012, when he appeared as a substitute in a 1-0 home defeat to Istres, in Ligue 2.

A three-year professional contract would follow in the summer of 2013, before he became a regular in the Angers side.

Boufal would make 32 appearances, across all competitions, for the team in 2013/14.

Move to Lille

Some exceptional form for Angers at the start of the 2014/15 campaign saw him earn a move to Ligue 1 side Lille, one of Saints manager Claude Puel’s former clubs, in January 2015.

He was an immediate hit there, scoring three times in 16 appearances, before really bursting to prominence in 2015/16.

Boufal netted 12 goals in 35 appearances, marking himself out as one of the most exciting young attacking midfielders around, and drawing the interest of a host of top clubs around Europe.

The competition for his services did not just extend to club level, however.

Boufal, who holds the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho as idols, was also coveted by both the French and Moroccan international sides, before he eventually opted earlier this year to represent the latter, making his debut in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over Cape Verde, in March.

Comparisons with Lille legend Eden Hazard were made by the team’s captain, Rio Mavuba, while the 22-year-old was last season named the best African player in the French top-flight.

Boufal made the move to Southampton in August 2016, agreeing a five-year contract.

Goalscoring Recognition

During his debut campaign for the club the Tunisian played 30 games across all competition, contributing with two goals; the noteworthy one being the winner in the fourth round of the League Cup at home to Sunderland, which won Saints’ Goal of the Season award.

This knack for award-worthy goals continued into the next campaign with his winner at home to West Bromwich Albion in October 2017.

The winger, having come on as a substitute in the 80th minute, picked up the ball inside his own half, beat six opposition players and slotted past the keeper to ensure a 1-0 win (and the 2017/18 Premier League Goal of the Season award).

Celta Vigo Loan

Boufal played his football in La Liga during the 2018/19 season, joining Celta Vigo in July 2018.

Playing 35 games, scoring three goals and registering four assists, the Tunisian certainly made the most of his time in Europe.

He was recalled by Saints for the 2019/20 season, and heavily featured in the featured in the opening stages of the season; missing only two games and notching two assists.