Southampton fans mourning the departure of Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert will be pleased to know the Saints are close to landing a man who came close to matching their combined goals/assists total for 2013/14 single-handedly.
His name is Dusan Tadic and last season he aided the FC Twente cause to the tune of 16 goals and 14 assists – the fee, a reported £9m.
Between them, the men who have swapped St Mary’s for Anfield netted 19 times, setting up 16 for teammates.
Most often employed as a left-sided forward, the 25-year-old Serbian looks a natural replacement for outgoing skipper Lallana, but the numbers he put up last term dwarfed those of the Liverpool acquisition.
The son of St Albans scored nine times and chipped in with a modest six assists.
Even his team-high 1.9 average scoring chances created per game is overshadowed by Tadic, who crafted a massive four opportunities an outing in 2013/14.
Naysayers may point to the fact that the Twente man compiled his figures in a league of lesser quality, yet he has played top-flight football in the Netherlands for the last four years – Lallana has been plying his trade in the Premier League for just two.
In fact over the last quartet of Eredivisie campaigns, Tadic has created a massive 187 chances more than any other player.
Cashing in on Lambert and Lallana for a combined fee in the region of £30m and bringing in a player whose past form has suggested he can replace the attacking threat of both men in one fell swoop for £9m looks phenomenal business.
Southampton are 3/5 for a second consecutive top-ten Premier League finish in 2014/15 and, with The Daily Mail suggesting more signings are likely to be on the way, the future is looking far from bleak on the south coast.