The Saints signed the tricky winger from Basel for a reported £16m back in 2018 but he has only managed 58 appearances in all competitions since. He has had his chances and even been handed loan spells with which to revive his career at St Mary’s.
He has made more appearances for the Scottish club on loan than he has for his parent club, which is a depressing stat for fans of the club.
Having seen such a large outlay for a man who has contributed to just 12 goals during his time at the club has meant that they have spent £1.3m for each goal contribution.
He has done this whilst picking up a wage of £60k-per-week, further adding to the financial strain he has put on the club.
Forest Green Rovers manager Ian Burchnall, who was assistant coach at his boyhood club Sarpsborg suggested that his desperation for the ball could have frustrated Southampton fans.
“He wants to take players on, to create chances, drifting into positions where he can affect the game.
“Sometimes that can be to his detriment. Southampton fans were frustrated by him being out of position a lot of the time and being one-dimensional.”
Having finally returned from his two-year spell at Celtic, Ralph Hasenhuttl is clearly hoping for a turnaround to get some kind of return on their investment all those years ago by starting him in their opening five Premier League fixtures.
However, with just four goals in the competition across his four years at the club, it seems like a thankless task.
He should just cut his losses and try to move on from this waste of money, who continues to drain the club without giving anything back in return.