'Unbelievable': Southampton star Dusan Tadic slams Claude Puel

Southampton's Dusan Tadic warms up before the match

Southampton star Dusan Tadic is clearly less than happy about a decision that Claude Puel has made several times in recent weeks.

Southampton's Dusan Tadic warms up before the matchSouthampton's Dusan Tadic

Dusan Tadic has told The Sun that it is unbelievable that Southampton boss Claude Puel continues to substitute him off during games, and insisted that it is no coincidence that the team sometimes struggles after he has been taken off.

Tadic has been one of the key men for the Saints since his arrival on the south coast, but Puel has seemingly made it part of the side's game-plan to take him off as games begin to head into the latter stages.

The Serbian playmaker has not played the full 90 minutes of a game since the EFL Cup semi-final second leg clash with Liverpool in January, and has been subbed off during their last four games.

And incredibly, Tadic has publicly hit out at the manager, and suggested that not keeping him on the pitch is costing the side.

“It’s unbelievable that I was subbed again and we also lost," he said, as reported by The Sun.

Tottenham's Eric Dier in action with Southampton's Dusan Tadic

“You can see statistically that we concede or lose when I’ve been taken off. I don’t think this shows enough respect for me.”

In fairness to the 28-year-old, he is arguably one of the Saints' most creative players and did cause Tottenham a problem at the weekend when he was perhaps unlucky not to win a penalty.

But to make such statements publicly is surely a poor strategy if he hopes to earn a chance to play an entire game once again, even if he has one goal and three assists in his last four games. 

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