Former Southampton attacker Dusan Tadic started up top for Ajax in their 2-1 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid in Amsterdam on Wednesday night, and Saints fans were quick to have their say on the 30-year-old, whom they sold for £10m last summer.
The BBC awarded the Serbia international, who has scored 22 goals and provided a further 13 assists in 36 appearances in all competitions this term, the man-of-the-match award for his display in the first leg of the last 16 tie, as he hit the post and made more key passes (five) than anyone else on the pitch.
Tadic was also involved in a controversial VAR moment when he was adjudged to have been standing in the way of Real stopper Thibaut Courtois in an offside position when Nicolas Tagliafico headed home, leading to the goal being chalked off.
Supporters of Southampton, who currently find themselves in the relegation zone in the Premier League, took to social media to give their thoughts on their former star, and while one said “makes me wonder what Ralph could’ve done with Tadic”, another said “absolutely gutted we sold Tadic”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Fully expect Tadic to score, either today or at the Bernabeu. #SaintsFC
— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) February 13, 2019
I know he was inconsistent. I know he never always delivered, but I wish he was still at St Mary's. Dusan Tadic staring in the Champions League again, against the best there is…. ? #saintsfc
— Philip Gilliam (@GlasgowSaint) February 13, 2019
— Ethan Evans (@EthanEvansSJ) February 14, 2019
— Gary (@FreddieNonsense) February 14, 2019
8 of them have come in the champions league too. Was a great player for saints, but never scored like this!
— United Saints of America (@saintsfcusa) February 14, 2019
tadic has been great so far. crazy how some of our fans never rated him. one of our best ever players. #saintsfc
— ً (@sfcvkyle) February 13, 2019
Watching Ajax vs Real Madrid absolutely gutted we sold Tadic.
— The Placid Casual (@placid_casual7) February 13, 2019
When he plays like this yes… but he wasn’t at it until last 6 games last year … me and the boy really miss him!!
— andrew l davis (@hampshirehogsfc) February 13, 2019