Tadic: Fitness key this season

Southampton winger Dusan Tadic admits he needs to stay injury free this campaign if he is to replicate his excellent early form from last season.

Tadic joined the Saints from Dutch outfit FC Twente this time last year and got off to a blistering start in the Premier League as Ronald Koeman's side claimed an impressive seventh-placed finish, with the forward netting four goals and providing nine assists in 31 appearances.

However, a groin injury cut short his campaign and with the Serb having since gone under the knife to fix the problem, he admits he is working hard in order to avoid any setbacks this season.

"It was successful, but also frustrating. I think nobody expected how I started and how we started as a team, which was really nice," the 26-year-old told the club’s official website.

"But I know that, if I stayed fit, then the season would have been complete because I believe that the rest of it would have been like the first part – for me and for the team.

"In football, it's not possible for things to always go how you think and that's why I say that it's most important that you try to always be fit and then everything comes into place."