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also has the respect of everyone and is not scared to take you aside and have a chat if you are doing something wrong.”
Stoke boss Mark Hughes admits Southampton’s Dusan Tadic was a summer target – only for him to be priced out of a move.
The Saints, with money to burn after a raft of high-profile departures, landed Tadic for £11million.
And the attacking midfielder has looked a snip after starring for Koeman’s high flyers.
Saints edged out Stoke 1-0 in their Premier League clash on Saturday – but Hughes’ men get a swift chance for revenge in the Capital One Cup.
And the Welshman concedes Tadic (right) is one that got away.
“I was aware of him during the summer,” said Sparky.
“You talk about lots of players. He was on most peoples’ list, he was above what we could afford, so it wasn’t one we pursued.
“He is a very good player and can create goals.
“But you never know until you bring them to the Premier League whether they’ll have the impact you hope.
“He cost over £10m and people felt he was worth that.”
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is still getting his message
across to Eriksen and
his Spurs team-mates