Few players get Southampton supporters out of their seats quite like Sofiane Boufal, so who better to take centre stage for our latest countdown...
5. Touch and vision opens up City
29th November 2017
It takes a moment of brilliance to open up any Premier League side's defence, let alone Manchester City's. In November of the 2017/18 season, Boufal's touch helped him do just that by taking the ball round Fabian Delph before cooly picking out Oriol Romeu inside the six-yard box for him to drive home the equaliser. The touch pulled three City defenders out of the game, giving Saints the chance to capitalise on their impressive performance at the Etihad. Cruelly, the visitors were denied a point in the 97th minute thanks to a Raheem Sterling curling effort.
4. Keeping Saints in the cup
25th January 2020
With an exit from the FA Cup looming for Saints despite another strong performance, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men continued to bombard the Spurs defence as they looked to force a replay. With three minutes to go of normal time, up stepped Boufal who perfectly latched onto a Danny Ings cutback to slam home a well-deserved equaliser past Hugo Lloris.
3. Left-foot rocket downs Boro
11th December 2016
Left-footed strike, 30-yards out; Boufal was at it again from long range at St Mary’s back in December 2016. The eventual match-winner in the 53rd minute, the Morrocan was found by James Ward-Prowse just outside the penalty area, before letting fly and triumphantly beating Victor Valdés in the Boro goal.
2. Pinpoint precision at St Mary's
26th October 2016
Not a bad way to mark your full debut, Boufal lit up St Mary’s with an audacious curling effort into the far top corner to see off Sunderland in the League Cup. Found by José Fonte’s clearance, Boufal took the ball down with a brilliant first touch, before curling his effort over Jordan Pickford and helping Saints progress to the quarter-finals.
1. Going solo against West Brom
21st October 2017
Boufal took matters into his own hands at St Mary’s with stubborn visitors West Brom turning this affair into something of a stalemate. The Moroccan found himself surrounded by navy shirts, yet still managed to find a way out by holding off Allan Nyom, before breezing past Jake Livermore. Another jink saw off Craig Dawson, who comically collided with the retreating Nyom, allowing Boufal to approach the penalty area. At this point he slowed down, allowing the run of Charlie Austin to make space for a shot. Stepping inside, away from Gareth McAuley, he steered a precise low strike around the last defender that nestled neatly just inside the far post. The greatest goal St Mary’s has ever seen?