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Profit Players: Cedric Soares

Southampton supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a third straight Premier League defeat at the weekend.

Mark Hughes’ men went into their encounter with high-flying Chelsea off the back of losses at the hands of Liverpool and Wolves in their preceding two matches, thus leaving them with just one victory in the league this term. And that tally remained unchanged on Sunday as goals from Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley, and Alvaro Morata sealed a routine 3-0 success for Maurizio Sarri’s side at St Mary’s, thus condemning the Saints to a fifth Premier League defeat of the campaign.

Thus, there have been many frustrated Southampton fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for much improvement from their side given not all of their summer signings have hit their stride just yet.

The South Coast outfit were praised for the business they conducted during the close season, yet they weren’t necessarily in the supporters’ good books back in 2015 when they sold right back Nathaniel Clyne to Liverpool for £15.93 million (as per Transfermarkt).

The England international had played a vital part in helping the Saints establish themselves in the Premier League and as such became a right back very much in-demand, and while his departure was greeted with some frustration from fans, it has enabled Cedric Soares, who they signed for just £6.3 million (as per Transfermarkt) that summer, to become a Southampton ace.

The Portugal international made the move to St Mary’s just prior to Clyne’s departure to Liverpool to suggest that the Saints hierarchy were preparing for the latter’s exit, and given how impressive Cedric has been during his stint on the South Coast, alongside the £9.63 million profit the club have made on the two deals, Southampton have done pretty well out of Clyne’s move to Anfield.

27-year-old Cedric very quickly usurped the role vacated by the Englishman that term and has since gone on to appear 106 times for the Saints, in which time he has netted once and laid on nine assists, one assist of which came on his debut against Newcastle back in August 2015.

That first season saw the Portuguese defender help the South Coast outfit to a highly impressive sixth place finish in the Premier League under Ronald Koeman, before Cedric went on to appear 30 times in the league the campaign after under Claude Puel as they again recorded a top ten finish.

And while it’s arguable that the right back wasn’t quite at his best for much of last season in the Saints’ near-miss with relegation, he has on the whole performed solidly and consistently down the Southampton right-hand-side to thus minimise the impact from Clyne’s departure – in fact, it’s questionable whether they have felt any loss at all from the Englishman’s exit.

And that can be pinned down to the efforts of Euro 2016 winner Cedric, and in making a £9.63 million profit from the two deals, the Saints certainly did as well as could be expected when it came to replacing Clyne, with 27-year-old Cedric benefiting from his exit to thus become a Southampton star.

Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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