This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has turned out since being signed/sold and using statistical figures and statements from key figures to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Having started all eight of Southampton’s fixtures in all competitions this season, Oriol Romeu is now one of the first names on the team-sheet at St Mary’s. The Spaniard spent four years at Chelsea after leaving Barcelona in 2011, but failed to nail down a regular starting spot at Stamford Bridge, so had to look elsewhere for game-time.
Well, that is exactly what he has found at Saints upon his move to Hampshire for £6.03m (per Transfermarkt) in 2015. 161 appearances later and Romeu is now an established Premier League centre-midfielder, and his performances on the south coast just continue to improve.
This season, the 28-year-old has averaged 4.3 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 2 dribbles and 1 key pass per game (via WhoScored). Furthermore, he has also averaged 49.2 passes per match – 14 more than he managed last term – whilst also registering 2.7 successful long balls per game, 0.9 more than he averaged last season.
WhoScored have also awarded Romeu a rating of above 7/10 for his last three Premier League performances, while he was again influential on Tuesday night as the Saints defeated fierce rivals Portsmouth 4-0 in the Carabao Cup, a game in which the Spaniard was praised heavily by sections of support online (via HITC).
The former Barcelona man registered a passing accuracy of 86.1% at Fratton Park, while making two tackles and three clearances for his side as they kept a clean sheet away from home (via WhoScored).
Romeu is a leader in the heart of Southampton’s midfield; he is not afraid to get stuck into the tackle – proven by his 47 yellow cards during the previous four years on the south coast – and has actually seen his value rise on Transfermarkt to an impressive £9m. Indeed, after such service under a number of different managers, the decision to bring him to Southampton almost half a decade ago now looks like incredibly smart business.
At 28 years of age, Romeu still has plenty of years left in him in the top-flight. Bought for just £6.3m four years ago, his value on Transfermarkt has now risen to £9m, though there is a good chance that fee would rise even further should he actually move away from St Mary’s in the near future.
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