After teetering dangerously close to the relegation zone throughout the entirety of the 2017/18 campaign, Southampton seemed determined to instigate a notable improvement during the summer as they made 5 signings and offloaded a handful of players deemed surplus to requirements.
One of the players to depart St Mary’s during the summer was Dusan Tadic following a 4-year spell on the south coast.
During his time with the club he was widely regarded as one of Southampton’s most dangerous attacking talents, with trickery, versatility and an excellent delivery serving as a menace to the opposition.
But for all his talent he never quite reached the heights he seemed capable of, and he decided to embark on a new chapter during the summer as he returned to the Eredivisie with Ajax in a deal worth an initial £10 million which could rise to £11.4 million.
On paper, selling Tadic made perfect sense for Southampton after they had welcomed Mohamed Elyounoussi to the club, especially considering £11.4 million represents a small profit on the £10.9 million they paid for him in 2014 – an entirely different economic climate altogether.
But in reality it was a rather foolish mistake as the Saints squad is hardly stacked with creative quality in wide positions.
Tadic has already began to make Southampton regret their decision by providing 3 goals and an assist from his opening 4 fixtures for the Dutch giants, whilst he nearly averages at 3 key passes per game with 11 so far.
Southampton may well have been forced to sell Tadic to fund the purchase of Elyounoussi but, if the decision was made purely on footballing reasons alone, it’s fair to say the club made a huge blunder by sanctioning his departure.
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