Dusan Tadic has continued to impress with Ajax this season and Southampton may feel that they were robbed by the Eredivisie side when they sold him for just £10 million in 2018, as he would surely have been a great player for Ralph Hasenhuttl to have in his current Saints squad.
Southampton signed the attacking midfielder from FC Twente in 2014 and he established himself as a fan favourite in his four years on the South Coast.
The Serbian international made 162 appearances for the Saints, in which he contributed 24 goals and 35 assists, with the 2015/16 season a standout for Tadic, as he managed eight goals and 13 assists in 34 Premier League appearances.
However, his form slipped after Ronald Koeman left for Everton in 2016 and two years later, he was sold to Ajax for just £10 million, which definitely now looks like a bargain from the Dutch side’s perspective.
In 137 appearances for Ajax, he has managed an impressive 74 goals and 63 assists, which means he has averaged a goal or assist in every single game he has played for the Eredivisie giants.
He was a key part of their memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018/19, as he managed six goals and five assists in 12 appearances for Erik ten Hag’s side before they suffered heartbreak at the hands of another former Saints man in Mauricio Pochettino, as his Spurs side completed an incredible comeback to seal their place in the final.
Despite now being 32, he shows no signs of slowing down in the Netherlands, as he has contributed an impressive 12 goals and 12 assists in 25 league appearances this season.
He also has a further 15 goal contributions in the Dutch Cup, Champions League and Europa League this season, resulting in a remarkable total of 39 goals/assists so far this campaign.
Considering Tadic’s versatility at Ajax, where he has regularly featured on both wings and up front, there is no doubt that he is the sort of player that Hasenhuttl would have loved to have in his side at Southampton, particularly when you consider the lack of goals the Saints have in wide areas.
Therefore, former sporting director Ross Wilson’s decision to sell him for just £10 million is surely one that will frustrate Southampton fans, as he had shown a lot of quality in his time on the South Coast, and his form has truly exploded since leaving.
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