According to The Sun, Southampton striker Guido Carrillo has been left out of Mark Hughes’ squad for their pre-season tour of China. The 27-year-old made the move to St Mary’s back in January of this year to link up with former Saints chief Mauricio Pellegrino, yet no goals at all for the South Coast outfit suggests that the club have embarked upon one of their biggest transfer blunders in many a year.
Ultimately, the Argentine was drafted in by ex-Saints boss Pellegrino during the winter window in a bid to solve their evident goal-scoring woes, woes that left them facing the very real prospect of relegation to the Championship.
But with Charlie Austin at the time out injured, and the likes of Shane Long and Manolo Gabbiadini simply not producing the goods, the Saints were in dire need of that striker to get them the goals needed to move up the division, to the point that they were linked with many over the course of the window, not least Carrillo and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge.
Yet it was Monaco forward Carrillo who the Saints plumped for, having played under Pellegrino at Estudiantes earlier in his career, but he has endured a disastrous time on the South Coast in failing to net a single goal in his ten senior appearances for the club.
And, arguably, the 27-year-old never really looked like breaking his duck for the relegation-threatened side during the second half of last season – yes, it is always tough for someone to come into a club midway through the campaign, but it was pretty clear very early on that Carrillo simply wasn’t up to the task.
In fact, the Argentine failed to start a game at all under Hughes following his appointment as manager back in March to underline his lowly status in the Welshman’s pecking order, which has since only been further enhanced by reports suggesting that Carrillo has been left at home for their pre-season tour of China – ultimately, his future prospects look very bleak.
And given that the 27-year-old cost Southampton a club record £19 million to lure him from Monaco back in January, alongside the likelihood that he already has no future at the Premier League club, the £13.5 million-rated flop (as per Transfermarkt) will surely go down as one of the Saints’ biggest transfer blunders in recent memory.
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