Dusan Tadic would be thriving at Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton, what was Mark Hughes thinking?

Daley Blind of Ajax, Dusan Tadic of Ajax, Klaas Jan Huntelaar of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League quarter final match between Juventus FC  and Ajax Amsterdam at the Allianz Arena on...

The Saints ex-ace was offloaded to Ajax last summer, and now he's in the last four of the Champions League.

Daley Blind of Ajax, Dusan Tadic of Ajax, Klaas Jan Huntelaar of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League quarter final match between Juventus FC  and Ajax Amsterdam at the Allianz Arena on...

Less than a year after leaving Southampton, Dusan Tadic continues to go from strength to strength with Ajax, who have added the scalp of Juventus to that of Real Madrid as they continue to surge through the Champions League.

The Dutch side had put in a masterclass against Los Blancos in the last-16 second leg, winning 4-1, and Tadic was especially fantastic as he not only assisted his side's first two goals, but added a third as he whipped an effort into the top corner from the edge of the area.

 

Indeed, Tadic was so impressive on that day that L'Equipe gave him an extremely rare 10 rating, and on Tuesday night he was part of the team that ran out 2-1 winners at Juve's Allianz Stadium for a 3-2 aggregate win in the quarter-final, putting him and his teammates in the last four of Europe's elite club tournament.

Amazing to think that, just a year about, the Serb was part of a Southampton side fighting to stay in the Premier League before being allowed to leave St. Mary’s Stadium after four years at the club for a mere £10million (rising to £11.4million as reported by BBC Sport).

Dusan Tadic of Southampton shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Southampton,...

Over the years, Tadic has shown that he thrives in an attacking setup, complemented by fellow creative players, which he is getting at Ajax, and at Saints, his best football came under Ronald Koeman, who sought to play an attractive brand of football.

Under Claude Puel, Mauricio Pellegrino and then Hughes, the football was more conservative and defence-based, which did not play to Tadic's strengths, and the irony is that Ralph Hasenhuttl, known for his "very lively, very aggressive, pressing" football" (Jurgen Klopp's words) would probably be getting the best out of him again.

As it is, Tadic is just a former Saint now, thanks to Hughes's decision to offload him, so there will always be that sense of "what might have been", but then again, given how the player is just three matches away from potentially lifting the Champions League, maybe it was for the best.

Ralph Hasenhuttl the head coach

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