Southampton striker Guido Carrillo’s arrival from Monaco for a reported £19million didn’t exactly go to plan.
Brought in by former manager Mauricio Pellegrino as the man to solve our goal issues, well the lack thereof, he was the main target in the January 2018 window but the Argentinian didn’t rise to the occasion and in ten appearances he failed to find the net even once for the club.
The 27-year-old struggled to adjust to Southampton and the Premier League and having found himself dropped from the squad he didn’t feature for us after March and promptly saw himself touted around over the summer as we looked to recoup some of our money.
A permanent deal couldn’t be done so he headed to La Liga and Leganes to join back up with Pellegrino on a season-long loan and our former manager’s faith in him has now repaid…he’s scored a goal!
Making his third appearance for his new side at the weekend, Carrillo brought Leganes level with Real Madrid with his goal at the Santiago Bernabeu, although Real went on to win 4-1.
Pushes that price up a little bit …
— 1885theartof (@1885theartof) September 1, 2018
— Rob (@robIacey) September 1, 2018
Big les reed wasn’t wrong they never get it completely wrong, Carrillo is now the third best striker in the world behind Ings and Austin. #SaintsFC
— Elyounoussi (@RahilMajid) September 1, 2018
I refuse to believe this is true.
— Max Wilkinson (@mpmwilko) September 1, 2018
More reliable from 12 yards than Austin ????
— Matt Hookway (@MattHookway) September 1, 2018
To be fair it was a penalty, and they did end up losing 4-1. That said if Carrillo comes back with his confidence boosted then great, and if Leganes want to buy him then great. Win win either way
— Chris Auckland (@ChrisAuckland) September 2, 2018
Carrillo has just scored a penalty against Real Madrid….let’s recall him? #saintsfc
— Connor Bowers (@SfcBowers) September 1, 2018
Carrillo converted from the penalty spot on the same day Charlie Austin fluffed his lines so that just rubs it in a little bit more. Ultimately, we want him to do well though, he either comes back to us with some confidence for a second bite at the cherry or it helps us maximise his fee again – both suit our purposes.