Southampton have made a conscious effort to shift their transfer focus in recent years, aiming for wholly young talent to be nurtured into top-quality players.
Then, once they reach that level, they can either propel them up the table or sell for a huge profit.
Their second most expensive transfer that window was to obtain Romain Perraud, where they unloaded €13m (£11.2m) for the promising Frenchman.
Ralph Hasenhuttl obviously saw him as the perfect man to fill their vacant left-back role, with Kyle Walker-Peters having deputised well in that position.
However, since moving to St Mary’s, Perraud has never really got going.
These poor performances may have been bred by his injury woes and struggle to acclimatise to his new surroundings, which he admitted had been “tough”.
However, given the money they spent, they are yet to get any kind of return on him. His value has actually depreciated since signing in 2021.
CIES Football Observatory now rates him at just €7m (£6.1m), marking a miserable slump of 45%.
To think that he has been playing so poorly whilst sitting on a £39k-per-week wage makes it even more frustrating, as they were arguably better off when they had a makeshift left-back in his place.
With youth on his side, he still has time to grow into an impressive Premier League defender. But as it stands, this has been a miserable piece of business from Southampton at a time when they really needed to get it right.