Southampton forward Guido Carrillo has placed the blame for his poor goalscoring record on a lack of minutes with Southampton last season, following his move to the Premier League.

The Argentine is currently on loan with La Liga side Leganes after failing to make an impact in England.

Speaking to AS before this weekend’s games, Carrillo was asked about not scoring since January: “That last time was with Monaco. A hat-trick in the cup. Then in England I did not have many matches. Time is a liar.”

Carrillo signed for Southampton in January from AS Monaco but struggled to adapt in the Premier League after his £19m move. At the time the transfer looked a risk and it was clearly a personal pick of Mauricio Pellegrino, who is now at Leganes.

The 27 year old played just seven league games for the Saints, failing to find the net.

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With the appointment of Mark Hughes late last season it seemed the South American was surplus to requirements at St Mary’s and subsequently he was loaned out to Leganes in the last transfer window.

Carrillo finally scored last night in his side’s 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

He is contracted to Southampton until June 2021 and the saints will hope he can regularly find the back of the net so they have some chance of recouping a reasonable amount.