Everything you need to know about our new number 9, Guido Carrillo...
Strong in the air and a composed finisher, Guido Carrillo arrives at St Mary’s after a promising and consistently productive three-year introduction to European football with AS Monaco.
Born in Magdalena near Buenos Aires in May 1991, Carrillo began his career with boyhood club Estudiantes.
After graduating from the club’s academy, the Argentine made his first senior appearance in 2011 and would go on to become a fan’s favourite at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata.
Four seasons with El León yielded 42 goals in 141 appearances – including seven in 10 matches in the continent’s Copa Libertadores – a large portion of which came under the management of current Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino.
A hat-trick against Barcelona Guayaquil in the 2014/15 group stages and further strikes against Independiente Santa Fe in the last 16 caught the eye of European suitors and Carrillo was soon on his way to Monte Carlo and Ligue 1 to join AS Monaco.
First-team opportunities would be reduced for the aerially dominant forward in the principality but that didn’t stop him developing a reputation as a consistent performer from the substitute’s bench.
After a steady debut season on the Côte d’Azur and a first taste of Champions League football, the striker netted seven times in 19 league outings in the following 2016-17 campaign, averaging a goal every 83 minutes before a groin injury curtailed momentum through the Spring.
A first piece of silverware would follow at the end of the season, as Monaco interrupted Paris Saint-Germain’s domestic dominance to storm to their first Ligue 1 title for since 2000.
The 26-year-old’s timely touch has continued this term. Despite the prolific form of joint-leading scorer Radamel Falcao keeping him out of Leonardo Jardim’s side, the new Saints recruit has scored seven in 24 matches in all competitions including league braces against Guingamp and Troyes.