Manolo Gabbiadini has enjoyed an excellent start to his career in English football. Five goals in the striker’s first three games have seen the Italian stand out with an immediate impact.
There had been repeated doubts, Gabbiadini had been linked to around a third of the Premier League before finally ending up at Southampton. The 25 year old had been keen to be a prominent player at a club and wasn’t getting that importance at Napoli so was keen to look elsewhere.
Several reported failed moves only served to inflate the idea that Gabbiadini could end up like Simone Zaza did at West Ham, but the situations have been very different. Scoring in his final three Napoli appearances, Southampton bought themselves a player in form, and he’s carried that form to England.
Denied a hat-trick against Manchester United on Sunday in the EFL Cup Final, the Southampton player is very much in the Italian media on Monday with comments given to several outlets.
Sky Italia, via TMW, wanted to know what Gabbiadini sees of his future and the striker explained: “Sooner or later I will return, Italy is my home but now I’m happy with this choice.”
Should Gabbiadini continue his goalscoring form for the rest of the season then there’s sure to be interest in a transfer as soon as the summer. However, what Claude Puel has on his side is Gabbiadini’s Napoli experience.
Having moved there from Sampdoria, Gabbiadini grew frustrated with his profile within the squad and he’s hardly likely to leave Southampton if there’s a danger of sitting on a bench elsewhere.
Right now Gabbiadini couldn’t be much happier, although he feels Southampton deserved more on Sunday: “It’s been good, I managed to make two goals and above all it was a great team game. I just regret, we dominated for a good part of the match but in the end they took home the cup.”