Could Tadic be the new Lallana?

Dusan Tadic

Dusan Tadic

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

RONALD Koeman could face stiff competition if he wants to make Serbian international midfielder Dusan Tadic his first Saints signing.

The 25-year-old goalscoring playmaker was the fourth top scorer in the Dutch top flight last season, scoring 16 goals as FC Twente finished third in the Eredivisie.

Two of those goals were on the opening day of the season in a 4-1 thrashing of Koeman’s Feyenoord.

Tadic is very much in the Adam Lallana mould, a left sided attacking midfielder with an eye for goal.

Lallana has told Saints he is keen to move to Liverpool once he returns from the World Cup in Brazil. Like Lallana, Tadic is capable of creating goals as well as scoring them.

In addition to his goals, the Serbian finished top of the Eredivisie assists league in 2013/14 with 14 – four more than anyone else.

Tadic, who has a year remaining on his current Twente contract, has attracted interest from Seville and Everton.

He was previously linked in 2013 with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and even Barcelona.

Though Twente are believed to want around £10m for the player, he only has one year remaining on his current contract.

That means his club might have to accept less than £10m or risk losing him for nothing next summer.

The only three players who scored more Dutch League goals than Tadic in last season’s Dutch League were Herenveen’s Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason (29), Feyenoord’s Italian Graziano Pelle (23) and Alkmaar’s Aron Johannsson (17).

Tadic scored 13 goals for the club in his first season with them in 2012/13 after arriving from Groningen, the club where Koeman started his career in the early 1980s.

He celebrated his Twente league debut by scoring twice against Groningen.

Tadic was also on target when Twente beat Koeman’s Feyenoord 3-0 in November 2012.

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7:11am Thu 26 Jun 14

Manicsaintbloke says...

No name could replace our captain sign him up and give lallana a new deal he won't refuse we need to improve the squad not break it up I'm pretty sure koeman will up the asking price anyway
No name could replace our captain sign him up and give lallana a new deal he won't refuse we need to improve the squad not break it up I'm pretty sure koeman will up the asking price anyway Manicsaintbloke
  • Score: 25

7:30am Thu 26 Jun 14

richard903 says...

Sorry to be negative but this artical has all the benifits of the old saying if my uncle was a women he would be my aunt! Lallana has not left yet, nobody can replace him as he grew up at saints. I would prefer articals that started "Saints have signed Tadic will he become as good a Lallana. This cycle of rumours is so painful for me, I could not sleep in the potty chino build up . I suppose I should just stop looking , but I really enjoy reading everyones posts on here, I live in France and some times feel to far away from the buzz. Please stay adam.
Sorry to be negative but this artical has all the benifits of the old saying if my uncle was a women he would be my aunt! Lallana has not left yet, nobody can replace him as he grew up at saints. I would prefer articals that started "Saints have signed Tadic will he become as good a Lallana. This cycle of rumours is so painful for me, I could not sleep in the potty chino build up . I suppose I should just stop looking , but I really enjoy reading everyones posts on here, I live in France and some times feel to far away from the buzz. Please stay adam. richard903
  • Score: 16

7:46am Thu 26 Jun 14

BracknellSaint says...

Yet again, the local paper makes a claim such as "Lallana has told Saints he is keen to move to Liverpool once he returns from the World Cup in Brazil"...yet without one piece of evidence or inside info to prove it?
Is this local paper's M.O. to just reprint wild speculation received via the Daily Mail etc. without actually trying to use their position as the regional press to get better details and stories? You kind of expect that kind of BS and sh*tstirring from the red tops, but you'd hope the neighbourhood rag would be the one to put the rubbish to bed by getting 'exclusive' info for us..Poor.
Yet again, the local paper makes a claim such as "Lallana has told Saints he is keen to move to Liverpool once he returns from the World Cup in Brazil"...yet without one piece of evidence or inside info to prove it? Is this local paper's M.O. to just reprint wild speculation received via the Daily Mail etc. without actually trying to use their position as the regional press to get better details and stories? You kind of expect that kind of BS and sh*tstirring from the red tops, but you'd hope the neighbourhood rag would be the one to put the rubbish to bed by getting 'exclusive' info for us..Poor. BracknellSaint
  • Score: 32

7:53am Thu 26 Jun 14

AdamG10 says...

I've Watched a few you tube videos of this guy (if that's anything to go by) and he seems a good player. Some very silky skills. One world class trick in particular he does a few times which I've never seen before, leaving defenders on their backsides. The boy can finish too. He would be a good addition to the squad. However, I really don't want to see Adam go. I think Mr Koeman et al will be doing all they can to secure his services at St. Mary's. Fingers crossed on that one.
I've Watched a few you tube videos of this guy (if that's anything to go by) and he seems a good player. Some very silky skills. One world class trick in particular he does a few times which I've never seen before, leaving defenders on their backsides. The boy can finish too. He would be a good addition to the squad. However, I really don't want to see Adam go. I think Mr Koeman et al will be doing all they can to secure his services at St. Mary's. Fingers crossed on that one. AdamG10
  • Score: 7

8:10am Thu 26 Jun 14

Rising_Son says...

Why does he have to be a replacement for someone leaving? Maybe we'd sign him as competition for the left-side midfield position.
Why does he have to be a replacement for someone leaving? Maybe we'd sign him as competition for the left-side midfield position. Rising_Son
  • Score: 14

8:49am Thu 26 Jun 14

Alicesdad says...

This whole "replacement " thing is cobblers. We need depth. If the boss thinks he's good enough and we can afford him then get on with it.
This whole "replacement " thing is cobblers. We need depth. If the boss thinks he's good enough and we can afford him then get on with it. Alicesdad
  • Score: 9

8:58am Thu 26 Jun 14

Sammy2sheds says...

Anyone can look good in the eredivisie.mickey mouse league.
Liverpool will sell Luis and use the funds to buy Lallana and bony.
Saints should go for Michu.he really is a replacement for lambert.
Anyone can look good in the eredivisie.mickey mouse league. Liverpool will sell Luis and use the funds to buy Lallana and bony. Saints should go for Michu.he really is a replacement for lambert. Sammy2sheds
  • Score: -2

9:18am Thu 26 Jun 14

jls217 says...

Don't see the point in buying him if he's not a replacement for somebody.

Saints (with Lallana) have a great MF -with ample strength in depth - though a really pacy wide man would be an addition if this fella can fill that spot. Schneiderlin showed he can hack it with the best last night. JWP has a season's worth of experience under his belt, Wannayamoney hopefully has his injury woes behind him, Cork and Davis are as steady as a rock, the Welsh youngster (name forgotten) could step up this year and best of all Ramirez showing signs of growing into the task. What a MF!

If he comes great - but who gets dropped? Rambo will have a pleasant headache in MF but defence and up front is where we need recruits.
Don't see the point in buying him if he's not a replacement for somebody. Saints (with Lallana) have a great MF -with ample strength in depth - though a really pacy wide man would be an addition if this fella can fill that spot. Schneiderlin showed he can hack it with the best last night. JWP has a season's worth of experience under his belt, Wannayamoney hopefully has his injury woes behind him, Cork and Davis are as steady as a rock, the Welsh youngster (name forgotten) could step up this year and best of all Ramirez showing signs of growing into the task. What a MF! If he comes great - but who gets dropped? Rambo will have a pleasant headache in MF but defence and up front is where we need recruits. jls217
  • Score: 3

9:59am Thu 26 Jun 14

Rising_Son says...

jls217 wrote:
Don't see the point in buying him if he's not a replacement for somebody.

Saints (with Lallana) have a great MF -with ample strength in depth - though a really pacy wide man would be an addition if this fella can fill that spot. Schneiderlin showed he can hack it with the best last night. JWP has a season's worth of experience under his belt, Wannayamoney hopefully has his injury woes behind him, Cork and Davis are as steady as a rock, the Welsh youngster (name forgotten) could step up this year and best of all Ramirez showing signs of growing into the task. What a MF!

If he comes great - but who gets dropped? Rambo will have a pleasant headache in MF but defence and up front is where we need recruits.
While I agree quality is already there, goalscoring isn't exactly anyone's strongpoint.
[quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: Don't see the point in buying him if he's not a replacement for somebody. Saints (with Lallana) have a great MF -with ample strength in depth - though a really pacy wide man would be an addition if this fella can fill that spot. Schneiderlin showed he can hack it with the best last night. JWP has a season's worth of experience under his belt, Wannayamoney hopefully has his injury woes behind him, Cork and Davis are as steady as a rock, the Welsh youngster (name forgotten) could step up this year and best of all Ramirez showing signs of growing into the task. What a MF! If he comes great - but who gets dropped? Rambo will have a pleasant headache in MF but defence and up front is where we need recruits.[/p][/quote]While I agree quality is already there, goalscoring isn't exactly anyone's strongpoint. Rising_Son
  • Score: 7

10:07am Thu 26 Jun 14

Chapperall says...

Would prefer Lallana stays he's our captain and has proved his worth to the side. Our midfield is pretty strong and we should be finding a top quality striker to replace Ricky
Would prefer Lallana stays he's our captain and has proved his worth to the side. Our midfield is pretty strong and we should be finding a top quality striker to replace Ricky Chapperall
  • Score: 6

10:40am Thu 26 Jun 14

Poole Tom says...

As we saw last season with Spuds, going out and spending a fortune on players is not a guaranteed way of improving the team. That`s why Saints should do everything within their powers to try and keep hold of our home grown talent because not only are they good enough, but they also have an understanding with each other that has been developed over many years in the youth teams. That simply cannot be replicated in a few short weeks by bringing in replacements, even if the players in question also have the required ability. Think Osvaldo.
As we saw last season with Spuds, going out and spending a fortune on players is not a guaranteed way of improving the team. That`s why Saints should do everything within their powers to try and keep hold of our home grown talent because not only are they good enough, but they also have an understanding with each other that has been developed over many years in the youth teams. That simply cannot be replicated in a few short weeks by bringing in replacements, even if the players in question also have the required ability. Think Osvaldo. Poole Tom
  • Score: 3

11:18am Thu 26 Jun 14

andy newbury says...

think that a blend of our youth plus experience is the right way to go and that involves keeping hold and holding on to our up and coming youth and progressing them through the first team. In short ,hold on to what we have and add to it not selling at the first oppertunity. the club to come first!!!!!!!!!!
think that a blend of our youth plus experience is the right way to go and that involves keeping hold and holding on to our up and coming youth and progressing them through the first team. In short ,hold on to what we have and add to it not selling at the first oppertunity. the club to come first!!!!!!!!!! andy newbury
  • Score: 3

12:14pm Thu 26 Jun 14

camerajuan says...

Chapperall wrote:
Would prefer Lallana stays he's our captain and has proved his worth to the side. Our midfield is pretty strong and we should be finding a top quality striker to replace Ricky
We have that in the making with Rodriguez getting back to full fitness. I agree though, a top quality affordable striker is what we should be looking at. Someone like Jelavic/Aluko would fit in nicely. They're both wasted at Hull as they both have an eye for goals but not a good enough back up. Plus Hull would probably sell either one as they can't see past Shane Long - who is also good but Hull won't sell him.
[quote][p][bold]Chapperall[/bold] wrote: Would prefer Lallana stays he's our captain and has proved his worth to the side. Our midfield is pretty strong and we should be finding a top quality striker to replace Ricky[/p][/quote]We have that in the making with Rodriguez getting back to full fitness. I agree though, a top quality affordable striker is what we should be looking at. Someone like Jelavic/Aluko would fit in nicely. They're both wasted at Hull as they both have an eye for goals but not a good enough back up. Plus Hull would probably sell either one as they can't see past Shane Long - who is also good but Hull won't sell him. camerajuan
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Thu 26 Jun 14

jls217 says...

We are forgetting that we are Southampton FC - we historically do our best business from the leagues below us. There are dozens of good solid young English players in those leagues just aching for a tilt at the windmills in the big time. Where could Lambert have been if he'd been given the breaks at 23 years old. There's a young MF player at Brighton (saw him play last year) who looks the dogs (can't remember his name - getting old is not much fun I assure you) Would it be worthwhile bringing him through? John Ruddy young(ish) English keeper who could do with a season behind a good defense to learn something other than picking the ball out of the net. Danny Ings. Costaby DeBight, Ivor Bighun or Mjulambu Bulambu Lambulu are the ony sorts of names in vogue amongst the managers, who seem blind to what is going on in the lower leagues, are looking to import.
Wasting my breath aren't I?
We are forgetting that we are Southampton FC - we historically do our best business from the leagues below us. There are dozens of good solid young English players in those leagues just aching for a tilt at the windmills in the big time. Where could Lambert have been if he'd been given the breaks at 23 years old. There's a young MF player at Brighton (saw him play last year) who looks the dogs (can't remember his name - getting old is not much fun I assure you) Would it be worthwhile bringing him through? John Ruddy young(ish) English keeper who could do with a season behind a good defense to learn something other than picking the ball out of the net. Danny Ings. Costaby DeBight, Ivor Bighun or Mjulambu Bulambu Lambulu are the ony sorts of names in vogue amongst the managers, who seem blind to what is going on in the lower leagues, are looking to import. Wasting my breath aren't I? jls217
  • Score: -2

2:22pm Thu 26 Jun 14

7saint7 says...

Tadic will be great at saint . lets sign him up . He'll be great alongside Lallana.
Tadic will be great at saint . lets sign him up . He'll be great alongside Lallana. 7saint7
  • Score: 1

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