Dusan Tadic emerges as the creative force for Southampton despite weekend stalemate with Newcastle

Dusan Tadic led his side's creative efforts against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

Dusan Tadic emulated his rapid start to life at Southampton last season with an excellent display in the Saints' 2-2 opening weekend draw against Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Graziano Pelle met Cedric Soares' cross to head the Saints into an early lead, before Papiss Cisse equalised for the hosts.

Newcastle summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum then scored a powerful header on his domestic debut to give the Magpies the lead early in the second half, before Shane Long struck 10 minutes from time, heading in Tadic's perfectly weighted cross.

  Total ShotsShot Accuracy (%)Chances CreatedSuccessful PassesPass Completion (%)Successful DribblesFree-kicks WonHeaders WonMinutes Played
Dusan Tadic 3 0 6 18 72 1 1 0 90

The Serbian playmaker enjoyed a brilliant afternoon in terms of creativity for the Saints, supplying his attacking team-mates with plenty of service from the right side of midfield. While fashioning three attempts at goal himself, he also crafted six chances, including the fantastic cross from deep for Long's second-half equaliser.

The aforementioned statistics were rather more impressive than his pass completion rate - 72% success - but the high-risk nature of his playing style means this comes as little surprise.

Overall it was an impressive display from Tadic, who, despite the Saints# flurry of summer signings, remains the key creative force in Ronald Koeman's side. With the South Coast club targeting a solid run in the Europa League and each domestic competition this season, the Serbian's involvement should once again prove instrumental.

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