Tadic was part of an influx of players brought into the club by new boss Ronald Koeman in the summer. The attacking midfielder made his name in Dutch football, first with Groningen and then with Twente. The 26-year-old was Koeman’s first signing – costing the club a reported £10.9m – a fee which is looking like becoming a real bargain.
The Serbian international has been a superb addition for the Saints; he’s slotted into the Premier League with real aplomb and has already become one of the most exciting wingers in England’s top tier. Tadic, who has earned 29 caps for his national side, has enjoyed a very fruitful spell at Southampton, and is a big reason of why the Saints are flying so high in the Premier League table.
Tadic has found the net on three occasions for the South Coast club in the league this term. Goals in good wins against Sunderland and Arsenal was followed up with the winner in Southampton’s memorable 1-0 triumph over Manchester United at Old Trafford last month. The tricky winger has proved not only can he provide, he certainly has an eye for goal too.
Despite suggestions of his form somewhat tailing off in recent weeks, Koeman told the Daily Star that he feels like his star man needs a bit of a rest after putting so much effort into the first half of the season, saying:
“On one side I like Dusan very much because if he doesn’t play at the level that he and we expect, he’s always thinking he has to do more.
The Saints boss added; “Last weekend after QPR, he didn’t play, Sunday was the day off and he came to do training. On one side I appreciate that quality and that personality but on the other side, sometimes you need a rest to be one hundred per cent.”
The way the Saints have played their football this season, compliments Tadic’s style of play. They love to break at pace and with numbers, and their lofty league position just proves how effective that philosophy has been under Koeman this season.
Southampton are still showing no signs of giving up their top four spot lightly. The Saints currently occupy fourth, a point above Arsenal. Koeman’s side will know any slip up from now until the season is bound to be punished by a whole host of clubs who are all vying for a Champions League spot.
But there is a real togetherness at St Mary’s this season. Considering the majority of the first team players are in their first season with the club, it’s a phenomenal feat that we’re even mentioning Southampton and Champions League football in the same breath at this stage of the campaign.
Dusan Tadic has undoubtedly been a superb signing for Southampton, even if he is struggling to live up to the dizzy heights he set at the start of his Saints career. If the skilful midfielder can get back to his best at St Mary’s in the second half of the season, then Southampton should feel very optimistic about how their season is going to pan out.