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Southampton must finally replace Tadic with Benfica’s Zivkovic

Southampton must finally replace Tadic with Benfica’s Zivkovic

Southampton are a team on the mend under Mark Hughes after the English manager pulled them away from relegation last season and has already made improvements this time around.

Spending was required over the summer period and so for it looks to be paying off as a number of those signings have been influential thus far. Of course, there is a long way to go but Southampton have made the right moves to ensure that relegation fears don’t catch up with them yet again.

The only disappointment of the transfer window for Southampton would probably have been when they sold Dusan Tadic but didn’t properly replace the attacking playmaker.

An attacking midfielder is becoming more and more important in the modern game and so January should be a period where Southampton look to recruit Benfica’s Andrija Zivkovic, a player valued at £16.2 million on Transfermarkt.

Tadic had great feet and strong dribbling ability, much like the 22-year-old who plays his football with the Portuguese giants. The addition of a player like Zivkovic would be massive as he is the man to link the midfield to attack, providing attacking balls through for the strikers to dispatch, easy right?

Similarly to Tadic, Zivkovic is also a Serbian playmaker and last season he made 30 appearances in all competitions, providing three goals as well as six assists.

Southampton did recruit Stuart Armstrong as a midfielder this summer but the Scotsman isn’t as attacking-minded as Andrija Zivkovic is.

Adding to their standout weakness in January would make Southampton rise up the table once again, scampering away from any religion danger they previously found themselves in.

Would Zivkovic be a good signing… Let us know!

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