There were high hopes when Southampton signed Wesley Hoedt from Lazio in 2017 but the Dutch defender has endured a nightmare spell with the South Coast club and has seen his market value fall off a cliff as a result.
It is hard to believe that the 27-year-old is still contracted to Southampton after failing to make an appearance for the Saints since the 2018/19 season and the club will seriously be regretting handing him a five-year deal when he joined for £15 million in 2017.
The centre-back has spent much of the last three seasons out on loan, having spells at Celta Vigo and Royal Antwerp before returning to his old side Lazio for this season, with the Italian side holding the option to sign him permanently should they so wish.
However, the former Dutch international has struggled to perform in Serie A, and it is difficult to see Simone Inzaghi’s side wanting to make his move permanent this summer, as he has averaged a shocking 6.36/10 rating across his 15 appearances in Italy’s top-flight so far this season.
Therefore, it appears likely that he will return to Southampton in the summer and the South Coast club will undoubtedly be looking to sell him, or they risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season when his contract expires.
If they do manage to find a buyer for the former AZ Alkmaar man, it seems as if they will have to accept significantly less than the £15 million they paid four years ago, as his market value now stands at a measly £4.5 million according to Transfermarkt.
In the space of two and a half years, Hoedt has seen his market value seriously decline, as a result of his poor performances out on loan in Spain, Belgium and Italy.
Therefore, you could definitely argue that Wilson made a huge error when signing the centre-back in 2017, as it has cost Southampton a serious amount of money in both transfer fee and wages, and they look set to make a significant loss on him when he leaves St Mary’s.
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