Southampton have sorely missed Dusan Tadic who departed for Ajax in the summer following a number of years at St. Marys.
Tadic moved back to the Eredivisie in the summer and has been in fine form for the Dutch giants. To replace him, Mark Hughes splashed £16m to sign Mohamed Elyounoussi from Basel, but the Norwegian has struggled immensely so far. Reports suggest that new boss Ralph Hassenhuttl will look to move the winger on in January but has been unable to find any potential suitors as of yet.
The Austrian will have to offload a number of fringe players to generate some transfer funds in order to tailor the squad to meet his needs. Signing a top playmaker would seriously improve their chances of climbing up the Premier League table in 2019.
An ideal transfer target would be Blackburn Rovers hotshot – Bradley Dack. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the Englishman has been a key player for Rovers since joining from Gillingham back in the summer of 2017. Dack hit the ground running at Ewood Park, guiding the club back to the Championship in his first season – scoring 18 league goals on his way to being named as the League One Player of the Year.
Yet again, the 24-year-old has been in fantastic form in the higher division, scoring nine goals already in the Championship as well as registering four assists for his team-mates. Dack’s arrival at St. Marys would go a long way to replacing the creativity lost as a result of Tadic’s departure. The playmaker has the vision to carve open defences and could develop a wonderful understanding with Danny Ings in the attack. With an eye for a goal and expert dribbling ability, Dack has all the right attributes to be a success in England’s top division.
Joining the Saints could see Dack knocking on the door of Gareth Southgate for an England call up.
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