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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

Dušan Tadić: Record Breaker!

Better than Ronaldo?

In Saturday’s 8-0 hammering of Sunderland, our very own Dušan Tadić made history after breaking the weekly points record on European fantasy football game Oulala.

With a points matrix sourced from Opta the midfielder picked up a remarkable 151 points thanks to an excellent performance that included a goal, four assists, creating three big chances and supplying five successful crosses. The record was previously held by Carlos Vela who netted four goals for Real Sociedad last season in a 4-3 victory over Celta Vigo.

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To sum up just how special Tadić’s performance was, Ronaldo’s top score this season was 140 points after scoring four goals against Elche in a 5-1 win and Lionel Messi scored 130 points when he scored two and assisted two in a 6-0 win over Granada. That’s some company our new signing is mixing with.

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More effective than Ronaldo?

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Chris

The Ball is finally rolling! Dušan Tadić: The Lowdown!

In what has been a turbulent few weeks, especially since England limped out of the World Cup without so much as a fight, some incoming transfer news at St. Mary’s has been a long time coming…

…but it’s finally here and Serbian international Dušan Tadić becomes the first new face of the Ronald Koeman era.

Joining from FC Twente for a fee believed to be  in the region of €13 million. Saints have seemingly shaken off competition from Everton, Sevilla and Shalke 04 to secure a player that some have labelled ‘the best in the Eredivisie.’

As is usual here at georgeweahscousin.com we like to get an experts take on new players and staff so we caught up with Will Burns from TotalDutchFootball.com and FC Twente fan Erwin de Groot of FCTwenteLatest.

It’s dragged for a few days, but Dušan Tadić is now a Southampton player. Is this a good move for Saints?

WB ‘100% yes! In my opinion Tadić was the best player in the Eredivisie last year and Ronald Koeman obviously thinks the same to part with such a hefty fee.’ 

EdG ‘I would say it is, yes. He’s been the best player in the Eredivisie for the last two years. Tadić is a model professional, rarely missing a game and a role model for the youngsters with his positive attitude.’

Many have touted him as a potential Adam Lallana replacement. What type of player is he?

WB ‘A very handy left winger but also at home in the number 10 role. He’s intelligent, hard working, an assist machine and a goal scorer. Potential Lallana replacement? Maybe… he has all the credentials to pull it off.’

EdG ‘He’s been the creative spark for Twente in the past two seasons. Always an eye for his teammates. Gifted with the insight to play killer balls and key passes. His assist tally is impressive, but it could’ve been much, much higher. The FC Twente strikers tend to miss a lot of chances.’

What would you say are his main strengths and weaknesses?

WB ‘As I am such an admirer of Tadić, no real weaknesses spring to mind. He is a great crosser with exceptional passing. Throughout his career in the Eredivisie, his deliveries from corners and free-kicks have resulted in goals after goals. Combine this with the capability to cut inside and carve up any defence with a killer ball, provides you the main reasons for his many assists. Great movement, great speed and a great penalty taker.’

EdG ‘Main strengths: Key pass, through balls, very strong left foot. 100% conversion rate of penalties, free kicks, crosses, work rate, influence, attitude and one of his biggest strengths: Opponents can’t get him off the ball when he’s in possession.
Weaknesses: The Twente coaching staff told him he has to go for his own chance a bit more, rather than laying the ball off. Defensively he’s not very strong.’

Dusan Tadic get's the thumbs up!
Dusan Tadic get’s the thumbs up!

Do you think he will be able to convert his Eredivisie form to the Premier League?

WB ‘Like I say about every player coming over here from a different league – it may take time. However, he has the speed and strength to harass any full-back so he may adapt quickly to the hustle and bustle of going to the Brittania on a rainy Monday night.’

EdG ‘He’ll be ok. As long as you keep playing your attacking football, that’s where he’s best. I’ve no doubt he will fit in. It’s a big step, but if one player can do it, it’s Tadic.’

This is hopefully the first of many players coming into Saints, perhaps mainly from Holland, how is that perceived over there?

WB ‘Unsure how it’s perceived but imagine Southampton will be a club they will follow with a Dutch legend like Ronald Koeman at the helm.’

EdG ‘Good question. I don’t think it matters too much to fans in the Netherlands. It’s our faith to lose players to the bigger leagues like the Premier League, so we’re kind of used to it. We’ll always have bright new talents in the Netherlands.’ 

I don’t know about you, but it sounds like we have signed a pretty exciting player to me! Thanks to Will and Erwin for their time. Make sure you checkout TotalDutchFootball.com for future features on Koeman and his targets!

I get the feeling this is the first signing of many…..

Chris