Former West Ham United target Dusan Tadic continued his impressive start to the season for Ajax with an assist in his side’s 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, and the Irons should be regretting not signing him.
Well, former Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was reportedly keen to sign the then-Southampton star in the summer of 2017, but a move failed to materialise as they signed Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City, with the Serbia international remaining with the south coast outfit.
The attacker did make his Saints exit 12 months later though as he returned to the Eredivisie with Ajax in a deal worth an initial £10m, and he has hit the ground running for his new team.
That includes a brilliant assist as the Dutch giants picked up a credible draw against Bayern, and he showed his versatility in attack by playing in a false-9 role against Niko Kovac’s men.
While they currently have decent first-choice options out wide in summer additions Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, you have to wonder whether Michail Antonio and Robert Snodgrass – despite his impressive form in recent weeks – are good enough back-ups both now and in the long-term.
Tadic has shown with seven goals and a further seven assists in 15 appearances in all competitions for Ajax this term that he could have been a huge player for the Irons, and he is undoubtedly a clever player who would have linked up brilliantly with Arnautovic – as he did with Graziano Pelle at Southampton for two campaigns.
At 29 years of age he is experienced and still has plenty to offer, and the fact that he has already captained the Amsterdam-based outfit in the early stages of his career with the Dutch club shows just how effective he can be.