Southampton have not exactly been a joy to watch in the last two Premier League seasons.
A side once renowned for their fast-paced, aggressive and front-foot approach have been reduced to a toothless, shot-shy side badly lacking in creativity. It does not bode well for fans or neutrals alike, then, that they have now sold their most influential attacking spark in Dusan Tadic.
Despite some fine performances under Mark Hughes as the Saints escaped from relegation, including a two-goal display in the derby with Bournemouth, Tadic returned to the Eredivisie with Ajax in a deal worth around £10 million.
Although at least the Saints have a replacement in mind. According to the Mirror (24 July, page 49), manager Mark Hughes is keen to offset Tadic’s departure by signing his Serbian international teammate Filip Kostic from Hamburg.
The 25-year-old is a different sort of player to the subtle and inventive Tadic. Kostic is more of an old-school winger who thrives when running at defenders down the touchline.
He has been one of the Bundesliga’s most underrated attackers in recent seasons, but looks to be on his way out of Germany after cash-strapped Hamburg were relegated for the first time in their history back in May.
Unfortunately, however, the Mirror adds that Southampton will probably have to sell before they buy, giving rival suitors a chance to nab Kostic first.
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