However, as with most loan players, he has returned and will likely never return.
That therefore leaves another void up front, as the Albanian simply filled in after they had lost their true marksman Danny Ings last summer.
His prolific nature could be replicated by handing 16-year-old Tyler Dibbling a chance to star for Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Having left this summer for Chelsea in a move worth £1.5m, an astronomical fee for someone so young, he then returned after struggling to acclimatise to his new surroundings.
This could be the kick that the Austrian manager needed to hand him some minutes in senior football.
The youngster went viral after scoring a hat trick of near-identical goals, instantly outlining his proficiency in front of goal.
He shows incredible signs of a clinical finishing nature and is clearly highly thought of by those at the club.
Hasenhuttl in fact labelled him “one of the shining players” in their youth teams; a sparkling recommendation from a man at the helm of a club renowned for their ability to pick out the best young talents. Gareth Bale, Alan Shearer and Matt Le Tissier are some of the more well known names to have passed through the Saints academy.
He is yet to make any senior appearances, but if he was to be slowly introduced now, then in a year or two they could have a full-blown star on their hands.
His goals from deeper could be integral to ensuring Southampton’s status in the league, and in many years’ time he could end up leaving for a mouth-watering fee.
For now however, he is a glowing prospect who has all the ability in front of goal to finally fill their Ings absence for the foreseeable future. In time, he is sure to light up the Premier League.