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Sold by Hughes for £10m, Tadic now has over goals or assists for Ajax this season

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Sold by Hughes for £10m, Tadic now has over goals or assists for Ajax this season

Mark Hughes sold Dusan Tadic last summer but he has shown Southampton exactly what they’re missing with Ajax this season.

Dusan Tadic has now racked up 34 goals across all competitions this season (Transfermarkt) for Ajax, in his first season away from Southampton.

He was sold by Mark Hughes last summer, for a fee the BBC reported at the time was just £10m, which looks a snip after Tadic has been instrumental in guiding Ajax into the semi-finals of the Champions League after a staggering season.

Tadic also has 21 assists to his name as well, and while Southampton have improved vastly under Ralph Hasenhuttl, how they could do with a player of that attacking output this season.


They remain short on goals, and Tadic’s creativity has not been directly replaced and to get a player who has posted up over 50 goals or assists before the season is even out would cost a great deal more than £10m this summer.

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Hughes should never have been kept on beyond the end of last season and although the Saints have moved to rectify that error by sacking him and appointing Hasenhuttl, a manager who signals a return to the approach that turned the club into a model outfit in the early part of the decade, his dubious legacy remains.

Part of that is selling Tadic, a player who was temperamental for the Saints towards the end of his time on the south coast but has the ability to perform at the top level.

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