Amidst Southampton’s poor season so far there has been one potential positive. The Saints were still in the League Cup, until last night. Leicester City won on penalties last night after a drab affair to send Mark Hughes’ side packing. With Southampton in the Premier League relegation zone, Hughes now looks far more vulnerable.
One thing that will not help matters last night would be the sight of a former player scoring a Champions League double.
However, that is exactly what happened.
Because Ajax downed AEK Athens in Greece thanks to Dusan Tadic. He scored both goals as the Dutch side beat AEK 2-0. The result, coupled with Bayern Munich’s thrashing of Benfica, booked Ajax a place in the next round of the competition.
Tadic had become Southampton’s top playmaker following his 2014 arrival from FC Twente. The Serbian international joined Ajax in July for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the £10 million region.
Southampton obviously felt that £10 million was good money for a player who turns 30 in November. The decision to part was mutual and amicable as Tadic wanted to join his dream club.
But with the 30-year-old now on 13 goals for the season as Southampton struggle, they no doubt miss his presence.