This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
For some reason, Southampton decided to make Guido Carrillo their club-record signing in 2018.
Following his exit from Monaco, Carrillo could boast just 21 goals in 95 appearances in total for the French side, which equates to the Argentine finding the back of the net once every 4.5 games on average.
Still, £19m was spent on him.
Since he became a Southampton player almost two years ago, the 28-year-old hadn’t scored for the south coast side in ten appearances before he was shipped out to be reunited with the man who signed him for the Saints at Leganes – Mauricio Pellegrino.
It has previously been reported by The Daily Echo that Southampton want to offload their record signing permanently, something that might prove difficult for two reasons.
Firstly, having decided to sign Carrillo twice for whatever reason, you might assume that any chances of offloading the former Estudiantes striker rest on Pellegrino remaining with the Spanish side, given his strange fixation with the misfiring forward – he has since been sacked by Leganes.
To make matters worse, Carrillo’s goalscoring form for the side from La Liga is largely atrocious.
Having spent last season and the current campaign so far with Leganes, Carrillo has only been able to muster six goals in 42 appearances – all of them came last term, as the striker has zero goals in nine league appearances this year.
So, with Pellegrino out of the picture and Carrillo goalless after roughly a third of the campaign, what hopes do the Saints still have of offloading the massive flop?
Things are looking very bleak in their attempts to get rid of the Argentine, and unless the £19m man goes on a phenomenal scoring run to fire bottom-place Leganes up the Spanish top-flight, Southampton may be stuck with Carrillo for even longer.