Southampton have a number of expensive recruits out on loan as things stand.
Elsewhere, Wesley Hoedt – who cost £15m in a deal from Lazio – is also away with Royal Antwerp, but isn’t having the best of times.
In his most recent outing for the Belgian side, Hoedt did not even last the first ten minutes of the match.
The Netherlands international was given his marching orders in just the seventh minute of the Jupiler League encounter against Cercle Brugge, in which his side were already a goal down following a second minute penalty from Kevin Hoggas.
Humorously, Hoedt’s teammates then went on to find an equaliser just six minutes after he had been dismissed, before going on to snatch a winner in the 55th minute – one could argue that they performed better without him.
It really isn’t going to plan for the 25-year-old over in Belgium.
At the start of December, we detailed another terrible performance of the Dutchman’s, this time in a Belgian Cup tie against Genk.
Hoedt scored an own goal while his side were leading 2-1 in the 81st minute, which saw the tie go to a penalty shootout.
The centre-back decided to take a spot kick himself, only to see his effort fail and also see his side lose the shootout by four goals to three.
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In total, Hoedt has made 19 appearances this season, but his side have only managed to keep four clean sheets in those outings – that isn’t to say that this terrible defensive record is all his fault, but he really isn’t shining during his loan spell in Belgium.
In other news, David Ornstein has delivered an interesting update on Southampton’s hunt for a transfer specialist…