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That’s your Fil! Djuricic signs for Saints!

In what turned out to be a pretty successful end to a transfer window many still feared might see another player exodus, Saints sealed the loan deal for Serbian international Filip Đuričić on loan from Benfica as well as the highly popular move of making Ryan Bertrand’s move from Chelsea permanent.

We all know plenty about Bertrand after his brilliant start to life as a Saint, but what of Djuricic (The English way of typing it). I’ll admit I know little about the player, so as is now tradition for the site I spoke to an expert. Milos, who runs the @SerbianFooty twitter account kindly stepped in to fill the void!

Finally, after lot’s of talk from journalists, Filip Djuricic is finally a Saint! Is this a good move for the club?

M ‘I think it’s a good move, Koeman remembers him from the Dutch league and thinks highly of him, otherwise he wouldn’t have brought him in. He could add another attacking spark in midfield and help Saints earn a Champions League spot.’

How do I pronounce his surname?

M ‘It’s pronounced kinda like Jew-rich-ich. The DJ makes a J sound in Serbian.’

There have been a lot of talk about him being a ‘utility’ player, what would you say is his best position?

M ‘His best position is definitely in attacking midfield just behind the strikers. He can also play on the left wing.’ 

What would you say are his main strengths and weaknesses?

M ‘His main strengths are his speed, technical ability and dribbling. As for weaknesses he definitely needs to get stronger, he is often overpowered by stronger defenders. He also needs to be more consistent and work on his decision masking, he tends to make some risky passes that get his team in trouble.’ 

Oooh Football Friends.
Oooh Football Friends.
He seems to have not made a big impact at Benfica or Mainz, do you see him being a big player in the Premier League?

M ‘Yes he has struggled since leaving the Dutch league, His confidence is low right now but Koeman seems to really believe in him so hopefully that will motivate him and help him return to his old form. I have some doubts about him in the PL but i also think that this could be the right situation for him since he has Koeman and his good friend Dusan Tadic to help him.’ 

What have you made of Dusan Tadic at Saints so far?

M ‘I think overall he’s been great considering this is his first season in a big league. Of course he can improve his finishing as well as his crossing at times but that should come with more experience. Hopefully he stays with Saints for a few more years.’

There we have it! Thanks again to Milos for providing such good answers, let’s hope we can see a winning debut at QPR!

Chris

Ooh Aah ELIA!

In a refreshing approach for the fans, Saints have started their January transfer business early with the acquisition of Eljero Elia on loan from Werder Bremen with a view to a permanent move in the Summer.

Perhaps surprisingly Elia becomes the first Dutch signing of Ronald Koeman’s reign as Saints boss.

The winger/forward has 27 caps for Holland and was part of the 2010 World Cup final squad, but his career has perhaps stalled since then. After impressing for FC Twente (under Steve McLaren) and Hamburg in Germany he has had disappointing spells with Juventus and Werder Bremen.

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Once nicknamed ‘the Dutch Balotelli’, Elia has certainly had some controversial moments off the pitch, but also has massive potential and if Ronald Koeman is the right man to tame the off field personality, personally I think this might be another cracking signing.

No one get’s handed that many Holland caps for nothing and the wrong career choices can hamper even the best of players. With Sadio Mane off to the African cup of nations soon, it was pivotal that Saints brought in some cover for the wide areas and if Elia can apply his pace and skill to the Premier League he might just be a massive hit!

Welcome to Southampton Eljero Elia!

Chris

p.s. Stay tuned for a Lowdown article with experts soon (probably after Xmas)!