The Dutchman played in the World Cup final back in 2010 for The Netherlands.
Elia burst onto the scene for ADO Den Haag back in 2004 before going on to join FC Twente. He scored in his second ever game for Holland v Scotland and secured big moves, first to Hamburg SV and then Italian giants Juventus.
But both of those moves proved troublesome and Elia picked up a bad reputation for causing trouble.
Southampton fans are now wondering what all the fuss was about. Since signing the Dutchman from German side Werder Bremen he has impressed, with his attitude on and off the pitch.
Elia has 27 caps for the national team and has scored two goals. He even came on in the World Cup final against Spain in 2010. But the last of those caps came a while ago. Elia has not played for Holland since November 2012, where he featured in a 0-0 friendly draw with Germany - coming on as a sub for Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben.
He will be hoping to work his way back into the regular thinking of the Dutch national team over the coming weeks.