According to a recent article in The Athletic, Southampton were extremely keen on signing current Wolves striker Raul Jimenez back in January 2018.
Southampton writer Dan Sheldon documented some of the better players that the Saints have missed out on in recent times, but the decision to sign Guido Carrillo ahead of Jimenez is arguably one which will hurt fans of the South Coast club the most.
Instead of signing the Mexican, the club opted to pay Monaco £19 million for Carrillo’s services, making him their club-record signing in the process.
Unfortunately for the Argentinian, he would go on to make just 10 appearances for the Saints, failing to score a single goal and following a couple of loan spells away from the South Coast club, he was released on a free transfer earlier this year.
Therefore, it seems clear that the club made a huge mistake in signing him ahead of Jimenez, who has been superb since joining Wolves from Benfica.
After a successful loan spell with the Old Gold in the Premier League, they paid £30 million to sign him permanently last year and he has continued his impressive form since then, having now contributed 47 goals and 18 assists in 110 appearances for the club.
The 29-year-old was attracting interest from the likes of Real Madrid during the summer transfer window, which is testament to the fact that he’s established himself as one of the top marksmen in the Premier League over the past two seasons.
His performances in the top-flight earned him the praise of Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who said:
“I think he has everything a world-class striker needs.
“For a striker, he is so mobile, but also physically so good and talented technically on the ball. I can imagine him playing with us.”
However, a terrible collision with Arsenal’s David Luiz earlier this season resulted in the Mexican international fracturing his skull, with it still unclear whether he will be able to make a return to action.
It seems clear therefore that Les Reed, who was the Southampton vice-chariman back in 2018, made a huge error in signing Carrillo ahead of Jimenez, as they missed out on a top player who could’ve been a huge success in this Southampton side.