Virgil van Dijk has grow to be the most recent title from Southampton to make a giant cash transfer to Premier League rival. Liverpool introduced they’d reached an settlement with van Dijk to signal to centre-back for a record-shattering £75m.
He turns into the sixth participant in latest seasons to make the transfer from St. Mary’s to Merseyside, whereas Southampton followers by now should be used to feeling of shedding one other one in every of their star gamers.
For the reason that membership’s promotion again to the Premier League, they’ve watched stars come and go, giving the Saints a status of being a ‘promoting’ membership.
However how do Southampton’s former gamers fare as soon as they transfer away from the South coast?
Here is a rating of 9 of Southampton’s most up-to-date excessive profile departures on their success at their new golf equipment.
9. Dejan Lovren to Liverpool (2014)
Switch payment: £20m
Dejan Lovren was solely at Southampton for one season earlier than he was snatched up by Liverpool for £20m in the summertime of 2014, and the Croatian turned the most costly defender in Liverpool’s historical past.
Since then, Lovren has grow to be the lightning rod for complaints about Liverpool’s sub-standard defending over the previous few seasons, and he has constantly been named as one of many worst transfers in Liverpool’s historical past for his excessive price ticket and his inconsistent performances.
After three and a half seasons at Anfield, he might nicely see his first crew alternatives diminish following the arrival of Van Dijk.
eight. Rickie Lambert to Liverpool (2014)
Switch payment: £4m
You may’t blame Rickie Lambert an excessive amount of for deciding to go away Southampton after 5 years of stable service. On the age of 32, Lambert knew he would by no means get one other probability to maneuver to huge English membership, particularly his beloved boyhood membership Liverpool.
At £4m, it was not too huge of a threat for the Reds to tackle an ageing Lambert, however the experiment finally didn’t ship.
Lambert lasted one season on the Reds the place he managed to attain simply three objectives in all competitions.
7. Luke Shaw to Man Utd (2014)
Switch payment: £27m
For a time, Luke Shaw was the golden boy of Southampton’s newest crop of thrilling younger expertise. In his last season with the Saints, he was shortlisted for the PFA Younger Participant of the 12 months, and he was chosen for the PFA Workforce of the 12 months.
Shaw made his transfer to Manchester United for a payment of near £30m, making him the most costly teenager in world soccer at the moment. Since then he cannot be blamed an excessive amount of for his stuttering Crimson Devils’ profession.
Fixed accidents, together with a double leg fracture which stored him out of aggressive soccer for nearly a 12 months, and falling out of favour with United supervisor Jose Mourinho has meant that Shaw’s profession in Manchester continues to be but to essentially kick off. Nonetheless, he’s nonetheless solely 22 and has time to get his profession again on observe.
6. Morgan Schneiderlin to Man Utd (2015)
Switch payment: £25m
Morgan Schneiderlin had been on a journey with Southampton from League One to the Premier League. Lastly making his title within the prime flight, the Frenchman sealed a profitable transfer to Manchester United for £25m.
However all didn’t work out for Schneiderlin at Manchester. Given a bit-part position on the membership, the midfielder lasted only one full season for the Crimson Devils earlier than getting fed up along with his enjoying time. He’s at present at Everton and nonetheless failing to have the identical influence he had throughout his time with the Saints.
5. Calum Chambers to Arsenal (2014)
Switch payment: £16m
Very similar to Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers’ post-Southampton is but to essentially kick off. Signing for Arsenal in 2014, Chambers has didn’t land a daily position in Arsenal’s defence and was shipped on mortgage to Middlesbrough for a season.
Nonetheless solely 22, there’s time for Chambers to lastly make his mark with the Gunners, whereas some followers maintain out hope that he can kind a partnership with fellow teen Rob Holding as the way forward for Arsenal’s defence.
four. Nathaniel Clyne to Liverpool (2015)
Switch payment: £12.5m
Nathaniel Clyne made his debut for Southampton within the Saints’ first season again within the Premier League. After three regular seasons at St. Mary’s, Clyne was snatched up by (you guessed it) Liverpool for £12.5m.
It right now’s market, Clyne represents a cut price for Liverpool. Nonetheless, questions have been raised over his worth as an attacking outlet compared with younger contenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, whereas Clyne has but to look for Liverpool this season as a result of harm.
three. Adam Lallana to Liverpool (2014)
Switch payment: £25m
Adam Lallana’s summer time transfer to Liverpool would have been significantly painful for Saints followers. The England worldwide has been on the membership for 14 years and he had represented the membership in three completely different divisions.
After a season the place he was included within the PFA Workforce of the 12 months, Liverpool paid a hefty £25m for Lallana. The midfielder’s excessive work charge and urgent capability means he matches completely in Jurgen Klopp’s fashion of soccer. A constant participant, Lallana continues to show to be (when match) a invaluable man for the Reds.
2. Victor Wanyama to Tottenham Hotspur (2016)
Switch payment: £11m
Victor Wanyama attracted lots of curiosity in his enjoying days at Celtic. However it was Southampton who landed the Kenyan midfielder for £12.5m in July 2013. He would keep on the Saints for 3 seasons the place he would constantly put in spectacular performances in a holding midfield position.
Astonishingly, when Tottenham signed Wanyama in June 2016 they paid lower than what Southampton initially paid for his or her star midfielder. Wanyama has gone on to be an essential common in Spurs’ beginning lineup. Tottenham’s latest troubles have usually been attributed to the truth that Wanyama has been injured because the begin of this season.
1. Sadio Mane to Liverpool (2016)
Switch payment: £34m
Sadio Mane made a brief however instant influence on the Saints. In his two seasons with the membership, scoring 21 league objectives.
In 2016, Liverpool signed Mane for £34m making him the most costly African footballer in historical past at the moment. He went on to be named Liverpool Participant of the 12 months in his first season. Now, regardless of being outshone by teammates Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho, he’s a key a part of Liverpool’s formidable ‘Fab 4’ and one of many Premier League’s most feared attackers.