Monaco's Argentinian forward Guido Carrillo celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Monaco (ASM) versus Guingamp (EAG) on November 4, 2017 at The Louis II  Stadium in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / YANN COATSALIOU        (Photo credit should read YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images)

4 Things to Know About Southampton's New Club Record Signing Guido Carrillo

Southampton have announced the signing of Monaco striker Guido Carrillo for a club record fee of £19.2m. 


The 26-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Saints which will keep him at St. Mary's until 2021. 


Relegation threatened Southampton are in desperate need of a goalscorer after falling into the relegation zone for the first time this season. With top scorer Charlie Austin injured, manager Mauricio Pellegrino has brought in a reinforcement to make up for Southampton's lack of firepower. 


Here's four things you should know about Southampton's record breaking new striker...

4. Considered Surplus to Requirements at Monaco

Despite making 23 appearances for Monaco this season, Carrillo has only started five matches. 


Carrillo has made the rest of his appearances from the substitutes' bench. Despite Monaco losing Kylian Mbappe, Valere Germain, and Lacina Traore last summer, the likes of Radamel Falcao, Keita Balde Diao, and Adama Diakhaby have been preferred in attack this term. 


Perhaps in search of more game time, Carrillo really has the chance to express himself and show off his talent in a struggling Southampton side. 

3. He Will Be Reunited With Manager Mauricio Pellegrino

One of the reasons Carrillo cited for choosing to join Southampton was that he was already familiar with the coaching staff and manager Mauricio Pellegrino. 


Carrillo played under Pellegrino for Argentine club Estudiantes. Carrillo started his career with El Leon, where he scored 36 goals in 132 appearances 

2. Ligue 1 Champion With Monaco

In just his second season at the club, Carrillo won the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in 2017. 


Carrillo contributed seven league goals during that campaign. In a team full of emerging superstars, Carrillo's performances went somewhat under the radar. 


And as a huge exodus of players commenced last summer, which saw Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, and Tiemoue Bakayoko leave the club, Carrillo remained. This season, Carrillo has eight goals for Monaco in all competitions. 

1. Aerial Presence

Standing tall at 6'2, Carrillo boasts a strong physical presence and aerial threat along with his technical ability. 


Of his 58 career goals, Carrillo has scored 18 with his head. In December 2017, Carrillo was the joint top scorer for headed goals in Ligue 1 since the start of 2016. His record of nine was level with Monaco teammate Radamel Falcao. 


The Argentine could also make good use of his height as a target man, facing away from goal and knocking the ball down to bring teammates into play.