It feels like a million years ago now when Mauricio Pellegrino was the manager of Southampton, and it would be an understatement to say that the Argentine boss left a negative impact on the club.
One win from his last 17 games as Saints manager saw the former Liverpool defender axed from the club as reported by BBC Sport, and although his results were abysmal on the south coast, Pellegrino’s transfers were even more damaging.
The former Alaves manager paid a club-record fee for Monaco attacker Guido Carrillo as reported by BBC Sport for £19m, an accolade that still stands nearly two years on, and just like Pellegrino, the former Ligue 1 striker was essentially written off at the club within a few months after a string of poor performances.
Yet the duo have since reunited, with Pellegrino being appointed manager of La Liga side Leganes soon after his dismissal from Southampton, with the Argentine boss bringing Carrillo with him on-loan for the 2018/19 campaign and taking the striker back for an additional season, yet things have not gone to plan.
It was announced on Monday that Pellegrino had left Leganes by mutual consent as reported by Sky Sports News with the Madrid-based club rooted firmly to the bottom of the La Liga table, and for Carrillo, who is yet to score this season as stats from Transfermarkt show, it could well be the end for him at the Spanish club as well as Southampton.
It’s no surprise that the 28-year-old striker was a massive transfer blunder on Southampton’s part, and with Carrillo’s place in the Leganes team now under threat with a manager who favoured him now out the door, the former Monaco man could be a returning face on St. Mary’s this January as well as one of the first names Ralph Hasenhuttl permanently sells.
With Carrillo earning a reported £80,000-per-week with the Saints according to AS, the Argentine attacker can stake a claim to being one of Southampton’s worst signings in their recent history, and the striker could be quickly shown out the door on the south coast if the forward returns from Spain.