Wesley Hoedt traded Lazio for Southampton in August of 2017 and admits he made a terrible mistake.
Hoedt was two years into a five-year contract at Lazio and already being offered improved terms.
He had played 61 games and scored four goals, not bad at all for a 21-year-old centre back.
However the lure of a move the Premier League and what the player describes as terms he “couldn’t refuse,” was enough for him to up and leave Serie A.
He was supposed to be the replacement for Virgil van Dijk. But the 17 million Euro transfer never worked out.
In his first 18 months, he made 45 appearances for Southampton.
But has since been deemed surplus to requirements and is seeing out his contract at St Mary’s via a string of loans.
he spent six months in Spain with Celta Vigo, where he only made 10 appearances.
Now he finds himself on loan at Royal Antwerp, in the Belgium Jupiler Pro League.
In an interview with Sport/Foot magazine, he talks about his decision.
“I made a mistake [leaving Lazio]. I had a five-year contract with them. After two years, they offered to extend it for another five, with better conditions.”
“Italian football culture is very professional, but everyone wants to play in the best league in the world, the Premier League.”
“Plus Southampton offered me a contract that I couldn’t refuse.”
He feels the change of management at Southampton didn’t work out for him and he never really got the chance to show what he was capable of.
“Unfortunately, the club had two bad seasons and things didn’t go as I thought they would.”
“[Ralph Hasenhuttl] told me he wanted to give me a second chance, but I never got one, to begin with.”
“I trained hard for six weeks, but it was for nothing.”
“After another chat with him, I decided to prove my worth elsewhere.”
Wesley Hoedt versterkt defensie van The Great Old! 💪💪
Hoedt wordt een jaar gehuurd van Southampton met aankoopoptie!
— Royal Antwerp FC (@official_rafc) September 2, 2019