Four assists, one goal: Saints summer signing excels in weekend rout

Southampton produced one of the performances of the season with a stunning 8-0 thumping of Sunderland at St Mary's.

Southampton bounced back from losing 1-0 at Tottenham prior to the international break, to demolish Sunderland at St Mary's in a game which saw summer signing Dusan Tadic take centre-stage.

The Serbian international player is rapidly making Adam Lallana’s name a distant memory at St Mary’s, such has been the quality of his start to the season.

  GoalsTotal ShotsAssistsChances CreatedPassing Accuracy (%)Total PassesTotal Final Third PassesTouchesMins
Dusan Tadic 1 2 4 7 74.36 39 28 62 90

He quickly established himself as the star of the show against the Black Cats and at full-time he had assisted an impressive four goals, while bagging one for himself. Throughout proceedings he fashioned seven key passes - more than any other player involved - and recorded two shots, both of which were on target. 

But while he proved efficient in an attacking sense, his passing left plenty to be desired. Of his 39 attempts to find a team-mate, only 74.4% were accurate. Having said this, nine of his misplaced passes came in his efforts to create in the final third. 

His confidence in possession saw him accumulate 62 touches in total, while he found himself dispossessed by Sunderland on just a single occasion. He completed one dribble in his exploits down the flank. Defensively he assisted, too, weighing in with two tackles and an interception. 

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