Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told the Daily Echo that Dusan Tadic’s main problem is that he’s not fresh.
The Dutchman has suggested that the attacking star’s performances have dipped in the last couple of weeks and he attributes that to his desire to over train.
“I think he was a little bit down in the last few games, but all about freshness,” said Koeman.
“You need sometimes a rest to be really 100 per cent and that’s something difficult for Dusan.”
The positive thing is that the manager seems to be on top of what he sees as a key problem for a player who has excelled under his guidance.
The challenge for Koeman is knowing over the rest of the season when to step in and intervene and when to back off, allowing Tadic to train as hard as he wants to get better.
The player also has a challenge in terms of trusting his manager and knowing when to back off.
Koeman clearly feels the start of fatigue is beginning to affect him so he needs to take his foot off of the gas, recharge his batteries and he should come back stronger as a result.
He has to change his mentality if that’s difficult for him to accept, but looking further forward, the Saints could have a much higher volume of matches to play next season if they find themselves in Europe.
Tadic is a key player for the Saints and he can’t leave the side disadvantaged through his own enthusiasm.