Apart from the recently concluded campaign, Southampton’s tenure in the Premier League has been a good one.
Since their promotion back to English football’s top division in 2012, Southampton have finished in the top eight on four out of six occasions. However, what’s stopped the Saints from progressing even further is the constant sells of their key players.
£13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Dusan Tadic is the latest big name to be linked with a move away from the St. Mary’s, and the Serbia international’s potential departure is a departure that would plunge Southampton into serious trouble.
Tadic is one of Southampton’s most productive players in a squad where the strikers are either unfit or misfiring. If the reports translated by SportWitness from CalcioMercato, De Telegraaf and TuttoMercatoWeb linking the 29-year-old with a transfer out of the club are indeed correct, then manager Mark Hughes will find himself at an extreme disadvantage before the new Premier League season even kicks off.
Tadic’s possible exit would also send the wrong message to supporters. Southampton have tried to shed their selling club image and, despite his eventual big money-move to Liverpool, the Saints hierarchy did a good job in ensuring Virgil van Dijk was sold on their terms.
They weren’t bullied into selling the Dutch defender as soon as Liverpool clicked their fingers, nor did they accept any sort of fee that didn’t reflect their valuation of the player.
This time, though, letting another one of their influential figures in Tadic leave – no matter the financial gains – may just not be worth the consequences.