Former Southampton target Luciano Vietto produced an awful display for Fulham as they suffered a shock FA Cup third round defeat at the hands of League Two side Oldham Athletic at Craven Cottage on Sunday, and Saints must be delighted that they didn’t sign him.
Well, the south coast outfit were heavily linked with a move for the Argentine attacker throughout 2017 when Les Reed and Mauricio Pellegrino were at the club, but no deal ever materialised as they signed Guido Carrillo during the 2018 January transfer window instead.
The 25-year-old ended up remaining at Atletico Madrid before impressing with Valencia on loan for the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign, before joining Fulham during the summer transfer window on another temporary deal.
The forward has struggled to hit the ground running in English football with the Premier League strugglers however, failing to score and providing four assists in 15 appearances in all competitions.
They certainly will be.
Saints have struggled when it has come to attacking additions in recent times with the likes of Manolo Gabbiadini, Guido Carrillo, Sofiane Boufal and now Mohamed Elyounoussi failing to live up to expectations, and the last thing they needed was another dud in their frontline.
The early signs are – and especially as he failed to make any sort of impact against a team from the fourth tier of English football at the weekend – that Vietto may not be a Premier League success, and the south coast outfit were much better off opting to move for a player like Danny Ings instead last summer.
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