Ajax once again captured the hearts of football fans throughout the world by knocking Juventus out of the Champions League. Last night’s win came after they sent the reigning champions, Real Madrid, packing in the previous round.
The Dutch side have been sensational domestically and on the European front. Erik ten Hag has developed a brand of football that is extremely comfortable on the eye.
At the forefront of everything good about Ajax has been ex-Southampton maestro Dusan Tadic. The Serbian has a staggering 32 goals and 20 assists to his name, making him one of the most proficient players in European football.
The 30-year-old signed for the Eredivisie outfit for £10 million in June (BBC Sport). Mark Hughes opted to offload Tadic and current boss Ralph Hasenhüttl must be cursing to this day.
The ex-Saint would work wonders in Hasenhüttl’s team. Tadic has been used a false nine this season by Ajax, among other positions, and that sort of striking playmaker is exactly what the Southampton boss loves to work with.
Shane Long and Danny Ings have had some success in the role. Clearly, neither are as lethal as Tadic though.
The Serbian has played behind the striker on occasions this season too. Nathan Redmond has relished his new role, playing more central to the striker and it is fair to say Tadic would have been accustomed to that role too.
The former Saint had a decent Premier League career, scoring 24 goals and contributing 35 assists in 162 games. Under Hasenhüttl, the Premier League might have seen a much better Tadic, however.