On 1 September 2014, Southampton added Toby Alderweireld to the club’s ranks on a temporary deal from Atletico Madrid.
The Belgium international defender was considered a major coup for the Saints on transfer deadline day and certainly helped Ronald Koeman’s team as the season went along.
Alderweireld had only been a bit part player with the La Liga side during his debut season but had played a role in their challenge for the title as well as having featured in their Champions League defeat to arch-rivals Real Madrid.
It’s safe to say these fans were delighted with the capture, with a number of the Southampton faithful having taken to Twitter to share their reactions about the deal.
@SouthamptonFC nicely played, nicely played
— Mimi ™ (@thursdaysgirl20) 1 September 2014
— Maddy (@maddylucya) 1 September 2014
— Joel Jordan (@5635Jordan) September 1, 2014
— Lewis Tull (@LewisTull) 1 September 2014
— dan (@TheDanJames) September 1, 2014
— Josh Payne (@JoshPayne26) September 1, 2014
— Wiesel (@Wiesel_11) September 1, 2014
Alderweireld played a key role in helping Southampton to finish seventh in the Premier League and helped Koeman’s side to a seventh-place finish.
However, with the Saints thought to be ready to turn his deal into a permanent move, controversy appeared to take place as Atletico Madrid deciding to accept a bid from Tottenham Hotspur for the enforcer.
The Belgium international has continued to excel in the Premier League with Spurs and has been argued to be one of the best centre-backs within the top-flight for his performances at times.
However, there is currently doubt at Tottenham about his future, with Alderweireld thought to have been holding out on committing his future to the club amid speculation from Manchester United.
With the current position Southampton find themselves in, these fans would surely love to have the pairing of Alderweireld and Virgil van Dijk back at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
Southampton fans – thoughts?