Ronald Koeman enjoyed a solid 2014 summer transfer window as Southampton manager, bringing the likes of Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle to St. Mary’s.
And in the 2015 January winter market, the Dutchman had hoped he struck gold again when he brought in Eljero Elia on loan from Werder Bremen, much to the delight of supporters.
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A quick and tricky winger, it was not hard to understand why there was so much excitement surrounding the 32-year-old.
Elia was the kind of player who could get fans off their seats, especially during his early playing days at FC Twente and Hamburger SV.
For all of the skill and trickery Elia had, though, his game lacked consistency, something supporters at his various clubs including Southampton saw, with injuries not helping.
Factor in a big move to Juventus that did not work out, the Netherlands international failed to fulfil his potential.
Scoring just two goals during his time at St. Mary’s, Elia’s short stint as a Southampton player ended up being an underwhelming one.
During his tenure as Saints boss, Koeman certainly made some very good signings, signings that helped turn the south coast club into an outfit capable of challenging for a place in the Europa League.
Unfortunately for Elia, though, he does not fall into that bracket having failed to make the sort of impact that was expected of him when he joined Koeman’s side.