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Wins Goal of the Season, not picked for the World Cup

Pin Boufal wasn't selected for Morocco's World Cup squad. AFP
Boufal wasn't selected for Morocco's World Cup squad. AFP

Wins Goal of the Season, not picked for the World Cup

Despite being awarded Premier League Goal of the Season, Sofiane Boufal failed to catch the eye of the Morocco national side manager and will not travel to Russia.

Once Southampton's club-record signing, Boufal has had a difficult season down on the South Coast. Due to a number of lacklustre performances, he's struggled for a spot in the Saints starting XI. What's more, Boufal was banished to the club's U23s following a spat with no-nonsense manager Mark Hughes.

As a result of his sporadic form, the Moroccan was omitted from his national side's final 23-man squad for the World Cup. A hard blow to take for a player considered one of his nation's most technically gifted exports.

Boufal showed a flash of brilliance back in October, scoring a virtuoso goal against West Brom to gave Saints a crucial three points and win himself Goal of the Season. Picking the ball up deep in his own half, the winger burst up the pitch with breakneck pace. He left five players for dead before jinking the ball onto his right foot and whipping it inside the post.

Unfortunately for Boufal, his magnum opus is one of just two goals he netted this season. A disappointing return that ultimately wasn't enough to impress Morocco head coach Hervé Renard.

 

Thomas Davidson

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