Is Dusan Tadic key to Southampton's success?

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Southampton have started the new season in great form, and new signing Dusan Tadic could be the key behind their success.

Southampton continued their impressive start to the season by beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates in the Capital One Cup last night, as Dusan Tadic scored his first competitive goal for the club before Nathaniel Clyne's thundering strike ensured the Saints would progress.

Tadic arrived from FC Twente for around £11 million this summer and was expected to be the man to replace Adam Lallana as the playmaker at Southampton, and he has certainly done that so far.

Saints manager Ronald Koeman had seen Tadic take the Eredivisie by storm during his time in the Netherlands as the Serbian scored 16 goals with 14 assists in just 33 appearances last season.

Plenty of players from the Eredivisie have struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, but Tadic has hit the ground running in a new-look Saints side that has now won its last three games in all competitions.

He nonchalantly tucked away the penalty that brought Southampton level at Arsenal last night, and his relaxed playing style is a joy to watch.

Tadic seems to glide across the turf, always looking for gaps in behind opposing defences to exploit and he has already picked up two assists in his five Premier League starts for the Saints, creating nine other scoring opportunities that were wasted.

Graziano Pelle has also been in good form following his move from Feyenoord, but it is Tadic's creativity that is bringing the best out of all those around him.

Lallana was outstanding for the Saints last season, but Tadic has started the campaign in better form than the now Liverpool man managed in the first five games last season.

Tadic has created four more chances than Lallana in the first five games, while also completing more passes per game, and the Serbian could be key if Southampton are to maintain their encouraging form this season.

How important is Dusan Tadic for Southampton? Can he be more of a threat than Adam Lallana was for the Saints?

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