It has not been the start to the season that Southampton would have wanted. Yesterday’s last-minute winner from Harry Maguire means the Saints are winless from their first three Premier League games.
In what many predicted would be another tough season or Mark Hughes’ men, it appears that will be the case.
Their final league game before the international break is against Crystal Palace in a weeks time and Southampton need a spark of creativity from somewhere if they want to improve on their difficult start.
One of their best creative forces moved on in the summer. Dusan Tadic had become a top playmaker on the South Coast following his 2014 arrival from FC Twente. This summer he headed back to the Netherlands. The Serbian international joined Ajax in July for a fee reported by Sky Sports to be in the £10 million region.
It was a move the player was happy to make, describing Ajax as his ‘dream’ club.
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.
But currently, it looks like a mistake.
“I’m very happy because Ajax is one of the biggest clubs in Holland and the world. It was always my dream to be at Ajax. It was an easy decision because I had a lot of opportunities in the Premier League and other countries but I think Ajax is best for my future.”
Tadic has been in incredible form for Ajax since making the move back to Holland. He has featured eight times for Ajax so far this season, five times in European competition and three Eredivisie appearances.
His goal against Emmen in a 5-0 win this weekend was his fifth goal of the season after just eight games.
Southampton are looking devoid of creativity in the final third, the area of the pitch where Tadic thrives. With the Serbian in top form, it appears the Saints might have made a mistake letting him go.