Between the Lines: Tadic reveals major problems at Southampton

Southampton are back in the relegation zone after this weekend’s results, and comments from Dusan Tadic reveal just how far the club is falling.

Saints lost 2-0 at Arsenal without an ounce of fight on Sunday, and it seems as though Ralph Hasenhuttl’s new manager bounce has well and truly worn off.

His side have now picked up just two points from their last four games, after previously taking 13 points from seven games.

Tadic, who joined Ajax last summer in a deal worth around £10m, has now spoken out about his time at the club, and his comments do not bode well for Hasenhuttl.

What’s the word?

“In Southampton, for the first two years, we had a great team with Koeman and we had very good seasons,” he said, speaking on former footballer Andy van der Meijde’s YouTube channel.

“We finished number six and number seven, which is the best in the history of the club and we had very good players.

“Then after that, in the third and fourth year, we were getting worse and worse.

“We sold a lot of players and, after that, it was difficult. We finished number eight in the third year, but it wasn’t the same feeling.

“When you are there when it was the best, and after when it’s not so good, you feel a little bit like you need to go and I was also tired from the Premier League.”

Bad news for the boss?

Tadic was a very popular figure at St. Mary’s and for good reason – the 30 year-old scored 24 goals and provided 35 assists during his time with the club.

His comments should worry Hasenhuttl though, as they shine even more light on the major underlying problem at the club – selling their best players and replacing them with much poorer players.

This is a problem that has outlasted several managers on the south coast, and perhaps the most concerning aspect of it all is that it’s so clear and obvious to see, begging the question why so little has changed at the club to fix it.

Forget the man in the dugout – the quality in the Southampton squad has gotten worse each and every year since those brilliant campaigns that Tadic is referring to, and until there is change at the top it will not matter who leads the troops into battle.