Like a proverbial brown stain on the underpants of Southampton Football Club, Mauricio Pellegrino left a seriously unwanted mess in his wake during his time on the south coast.
Poor little Guido Carrillo didn’t stand a chance at St Mary’s, and that was before he even kicked a ball – thanks to the sleep-inducing style of pure-football-hating-Argentina’s-answer-to-Tony-Pulis manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
The 26-year-old South American, who in all honesty we had heard very little about before his Premier League move, signed from Monaco for a club-record £19million. His purpose: to lift Southampton from a desperate baron spell in front of goal and save their Premier League status. An almost improbable task which, somehow, they managed; without the help of our man in question, of course.
Utilised in a system that quite evidently didn’t suit him and his play style nor any other Southampton player for that matter, target man Carrillo was genuinely about as much use as Big Kev who kicks a ball around on a Sunday morning stinking of Jaeger bombs.
He was capable of doing a job – yes, but Southampton were still struggling to negotiate a move away from the entertaining football of Pochettino and Koeman, which really didn’t help his cause. And ultimately their quasi-fluid style half-heartedly combined with the directness of Pellegrino just made one gigantic mess Carrillo simply failed to adapt to.
Something that makes the Carrillo deal so much worse is that Southampton splurged cash earned from the Van Dijk sale on him. And he didn’t even come close to the kind of quality displayed by the Dutchman, who we dare say would have done a better job up top (yes, we know there was no chance of holding onto him).
After just ten painful games (per Transfermarkt) in the famous red and white stripes of Southampton, Carillo was moved to Leganes on loan, presumably pending a permanent transfer away from the club.
Carrillo’s lasting legacy? Nothing positive, shall we say.
Southampton fans, how bad was Carrillo? Has he been one of your worst signings during the Premier League era? Let us know in the comments below!