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Total Duds: Jeremy Pied’s injury-plagued move to Southampton never worked out

Total Duds: Jeremy Pied’s injury-plagued move to Southampton never worked out - Southampton

This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

There has been plenty of talk surrounding Southampton recently due to their record-equalling 9-0 thrashing by Leicester on Friday evening, so we thought we’d assess one of the club’s recent transfer casualties for this feature.

It is perhaps slightly harsh to consider French right-back Jeremy Pied a total flop, considering his career on the south coast was not helped in the slightest by a knee ligament injury sustained after just 11 minutes of game-time following his arrival at St Mary’s in August 2016.

However, the former Nice defender eventually returned after nine months out and was integrated back into the first-team fold towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign, though things never worked out for him at the club.

Although Southampton lost no money in the way of a transfer fee for Pied, after the defender joined the club on a free transfer under the guidance of former manager Claude Puel (as per BBC), they will still look back on the decision to sign the Frenchman with regret considering how his career in Hampshire panned out.

Pied was limited to just eight appearances for the Saints across a two-year period, assisting once (via TransferMarkt). As previously mentioned, the full-back was extremely unfortunate to sustain such a serious injury just weeks after moving to England, though that was not the sole reason why things didn’t work out for him at the club.

He could have worked his way back into the first-team, but wasn’t deemed good enough by then-managers Mauricio Pellegrino and Mark Hughes, who both had Portugal international Cedric Soares nailed on as first-choice right-back during their time at the club.

The 30-year-old was released by Saints at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, and subsequently returned to his homeland with Lille, signing a two-year deal with the Ligue 1 outfit.

Saints fans, what are your views on Jeremy Pied? Let us know by commenting below!

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