Are this Southampton duo set to make fans forget about Shaw and Lallana?

Ryan Bertrand

Southampton duo Ryan Bertrand and Dusan Tadic caused Newcastle no end of problems on Saturday as they settle into life on the South Coast well.

Many fans and pundits had tipped Southampton for relegation this season after losing manager Mauricio Pochettino as well as star players such as Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert. However, it's been a case of so far, so good for new Ronald Koeman, who had to try and rebuild his side over the summer.

Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos, Toby Alderweireld, Sadio Mane, Shane Long and Graziano Pelle all arrived on the South Coast this summer as the Saints splashed their new found cash, and whilst Pelle has already scored three Premier League goals, two new signings starred in Southampton's 4-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Serbian winger Dusan Tadic arrived from Twente as a replacement for Lallana, whilst Bertrand was signed on loan from Chelsea in place of Shaw - and the two were outstanding on Saturday as they linked up down the left hand side of Southampton team.

Bertrand latched on to a Tadic pass to cross for Pelle to head home against the Magpies, before Tadic laid the ball on for the Italian to notch his second of the game in the first half as the duo flashed the ability to cause havoc down the left wing.

Tadic is known for his outstanding ability on the ball from his time in the Netherlands, and his skillset makes him a perfect replacement for Lallana, who moved to Liverpool for £25m. Lallana had five assists last season, but Tadic already has two to his name in the Premier League as his reputation as an assist machine continues to grow. Lallana did hit nine goals from midfield though, and we've yet to really see Tadic poses as much of a goalscoring threat.

Meanwhile, Bertrand is more athletic than Shaw and can still get forward to support the attack, even if his end product may not be up to the standard of the Manchester United star - even if he has already matched Shaw's assist tally from last season.

It's early days for this Southampton team, but the early signs are good. Bertrand and Tadic displayed a chemistry reminiscent of Shaw and Lallana, and if they can continue to build on their impressive starts at St. Mary's Stadium, then Southampton may feel somewhat better at losing two of their key players.

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