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Southampton fans were raving over Vestergaard signing in 2018

Southampton have had a number of excellent centre-backs in recent years, such as Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren, and Southampton fans thought the club had signed someone in that mould with the arrival of Jannik Vestergaard in 2018.

The 27-year-old was an exciting prospect due to his standing as an international footballer, and the fact he had made 66 appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.

Mark Hughes was the boss at the time and looked to be carving out his own Southampton squad to put the relegation fears of the previous season firmly behind him – but his tenure didn’t exactly lead to that.

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The Β£18m signing started off brightly for the Saints and even averaged a WhoScored rating above seven, while making 2.3 tackles per game and using his aerial advantage to win 3.7 aerial duels per game – proving the responses below accurate.

However, his form has dipped this season and he has been the subject of fan criticism. Ralph Hasenhuttl has also preferred to opt for Jack Stephens and Jan Bednarek, and his decision has paid off given the south-coast outfit are seven points clear of the relegation zone.

The fans who were delighted with his capture therefore got a bit carried away, and they were certainly plentiful in their number.

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Those who thought he would make a big impact on the team have been proven wrong and in fact the centre-back is in danger of being viewed as a bit of waste of money, as he was hardly brought in on the cheap.

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