Whilst many were sold on to teams like Liverpool or Manchester United, where they went on to win plenty of trophies, the sale of Danny Ings is one which likely still perplexes the football community today.
Although it was just last summer, and whilst Armando Broja filled the vacancy well in 2021/22 with nine goals, the club have always seemingly lacked a consistent long-term goal scorer to propel them up the table.
They sit worryingly close to a potential relegation, and if it comes down to a lack of goals then they will only have one decision to blame.
Although he may be a workmanlike option up front, the Scotland international does not have the same “lethal” instincts that Chris Sutton bestowed upon Ings.
The only positive from the deal is that since moving to the Midlands the 30-year-old has struggled somewhat. Suffering from a lack of consistency and Steven Gerrard’s ever-changing system, he has just nine goals in 40 games for the Villans.
If they were to have him back, Southampton would need something akin to the 2019/20 version of the Englishman.
He could be the only man who might be able to save the struggling Saints at the moment, where goals are hardly free-flowing, and points are far and few between.