Were these Southampton signings hit or miss?
FootyOn experts assess whether recent big Southampton signings have been hit or miss after the south coast club break their transfer record landing Mario Lemina.
Since returning to the Premier League in 2012, the Saints have smashed their transfer record several times.
Only time will tell if 23-year-old Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina’s move from Juventus will work out.
The Saints featured in our without Premier League big 7 betting tips piece too.
If Lemina goes on to do well, he may follow a number of other key previous performers out of St Mary’s.
Read on to see if these other recent Southampton signings have been hit or miss…
Sofiane Boufal yet to find his feet
French-born Morocco international attacking midfielder Boufal was the Saints’ previous record buy at a reported £16,000,000.
Injuries caused him to miss 13 games in his maiden campaign in England last term, so we’ve not seen the best of him.
Given the stop-start nature of his first Premier League season, it seems harsh to have Boufal as a miss.
He will need to perform this term, though.
Dani Osvaldo disruptive in dressing room
Argentine-born ex-Italy striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo or Dani to his friends is a definite miss among record and big Southampton signings.
Despite previously prolific spells with Espanyol in Spain and Roma in Serie A, the Azzurri international was a divisive figure at St Mary’s.
Osvaldo is infamous for his training ground bust-up with one-time Saints skipper Jose Fonte.
He didn’t perform on the pitch either, netting just three in 13 games.
Manolo Gabbiadini started strong
A reported £14,000,000 winter window move this past January for ex-Napoli forward Gabbiadini has shown promise, though.
Going into the 2017/18 season, Gabbiadini has six goals in a Southampton dozen games, including a brace in the League Cup final loss to Manchester United.
Like Graziano Pelle before him, there is optimism surrounding Gabbiadini, who is 11/10 with betway to be Saints’ league top scorer this term.
Although pressed by the likes of Charlie Austin and Republic of Ireland frontman Shane Long, many of the St Mary’s faithful expect Gabbiadini to be their Premier League goal-getter.
Virgil van Dijk a star who wants out
When Southampton signed Dutch defender Van Dijk for £13,000,000, he was not the first capture the south coast club made from Celtic.
Kenya anchorman Victor Wanyama had earlier swapped the Bhoys for the Saints and was later sold to Spurs.
Now Netherlands international Van Dijk has handed in a transfer request amid interest from top Premier League teams.
That makes him a clear hit at St Mary’s, even if he wants to play his football elsewhere going forward.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg still has potential
Denmark midfielder Hojbjerg hasn’t produced much in 35 Southampton outings across all competitions since signing from Bayern Munich.
This highly-regarded prospect is yet to score and has made just one assist, but he is in exactly the right place to be nurtured.
If there’s one club who places total faith in youth, and Hojbjerg is still only 22, then it is the Saints.
Will Hojbjerg come good? We’ll have to wait and see, but playing alongside Lemina may help.
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