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.
Southampton parted ways with a number of expensive flops back in the summer, albeit only temporarily.
The striker – who Southampton signed from Monaco for a club-record £19m back in January 2018 – spent last season on loan at Leganes, where he scored six goals in 32 league appearances. A goal every 5.3 games, on average.
For some reason, the Spanish side decided to take the Argentine – who hasn’t scored a goal for the Saints in ten appearances – back on loan for the 2019/20 campaign, and Carrillo is proving just why we recently referred to him as one of the worst signings in Southampton’s recent history.
The 28-year-old is yet to score in seven appearances, with just a single assist to show for his efforts.
Additionally, the man who signed him for both Leganes and Southampton – former Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino – was sacked with the Spanish side sat bottom of La Liga. They have just one win from 11 games.
Carrillo didn’t even have a shot on target in his last outing against Mallorca, before spending the entire 90 minutes on the bench for the next game against Real Madrid as Leganes lost 5-0 – on the basis of the 6 foot 2 man’s season so far, it was probably the right decision to sideline him.
He really isn’t doing anything to catch Ralph Hasenhuttl’s attention, despite the Saints’ own goalscoring struggles back on the south coast – the former RB Leipzig boss’ side are the third-lowest scorers in the Premier League with nine goals in ten games.
Even so, Hasenhuttl would, presumably, much rather not have Carrillo on his hands right now.