16 Goals, 14 assists: Can Serbian sensation replace Lallana at St Mary's?

St Marys Southampton

Ronald Koeman has swooped for FC Twente winger Dusan Tadic to replace Adam Lallana at Southampton.

The Dutchman is hoping to make the Serbian his first signing after taking over at the Saints last month, and according to reports, the club have agreed a £10million deal for his services.

Upon arrival, the 25-year-old will be charged with filling the void left by the departure of former club captain Adam Lallana, who confirmed his switch to Premier League rivals Liverpool on Monday.

Similar to Lallana, Tadic is an extremely adaptable player, and whilst he primarily plays as a central or attacking-midfielder, he is also adept on either wing. In this sense, he would act as a direct swap for the Englishman, but can he successfully replace his predecessor?

  TeamPositionAppsMinutesGoalsAssistsConverstion Rate (%)Total Chances CreatedPassing Accuracy (%)Take on Success Rate (%)
Adam Lallana Southampton MF 38 3,100 9 6 12.90 71 85.00 53.00
Dusan Tadic FC Twente MF 33 2,970 16 14 23.50 133 80.00 42.00

Considering Tadic played fewer games than the former Southampton captain last season, his strike rate is exceptional. In 2970 minutes of Eredivisie action, he notched an impressive 16 goals, converting just under one quarter of his total chances. He finished the campaign as the fourth best marksman in the Dutch first division, despite occupying a less-advanced midfield position in 16 of his 33 appearances.

But not only did he impress in terms of his scoring prowess, his ability to fashion chances for his team-mates has earned him a multitude of plaudits from across the Netherlands. With an incredible 133 key passes and 14 assists, the Serbian ended the season as the league's most creative player. Lallana himself created just six goals last term, whilst making considerably fewer scoring opportunities than the Serbian.

Tadic is clearly a figure who is a step above the rest, and although the Premier League will pose a much tougher challenge than the Dutch Eredivisie, he should experience few problems when making the step-up to English top-flight football. Technically he is outstanding and with the ability to create chances for himself, plus others, he seems to be a perfect fit for Saints.

He may even be an improvement on Lallana, providing he brings his goal scoring ability to St Mary's. If he can be more clinical in front of goal than the Englishman ever was, then Koeman will have an absolute gem-of-a-player at his disposal.

For just £10million, the Serbian would prove a fantastic coup for the club and a definite statement on intent ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

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