Dusan Tadic has made Adam Lallana departure forgettable

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Dusan Tadic's signing has made the departure of club captain Adam Lallana almost a forgotten piece of business, such has been his impact so far this season.

Lallana joined Liverpool following the World Cup this summer and was probably the one man the Southampton fans did not want to lose from the squad that had just finished eighth under Mauricio Pochettino.

Leave he did though, and whilst getting around £25million for their captain softened the blow a little, the man brought in to replace Lallana's creativity has turned the England man into a thing of the past.

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Creative thinking

The one thing that sticks out with Tadic is his creativity, he is the one player that Ronald Koeman relies on for thinking outside the box. The Serbian has a deft touch and a wicked delivery that saw him create so many goals in the Eredivise.

Last season alone, he created 14 goals in 33 matches for FC Twente, adding 14 goals of his own, something that Koeman recognised from his time in charge of Feyenoord.

That ability has seen Tadic seamlessly stepping into Lallana's shoes and contributing just as much in the final third of the pitch.

Possible over-reliance

The Dutch manager will however need to be wary of relying too much on his summer recruit, because he does not have a similar player in the squad.

Gaston Ramirez was probably the other creative spark that the Saints had in their squad, but he joined Hull City on loan on transfer deadline day.

The Uruguayan has not fully delivered in his time on the South coast but he seemed like the only player capable of the 'magic' created by Tadic so far.

Southampton will be hoping that their creator-in-chief does not get injured any time soon, and if he doesn't, their should be plenty more service for Graziano Pelle and co for the rest of the season, further cementing Lallana's name in the past rather than the present.

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