It’s fairly safe to say that since arriving on the South Coast on January 31st, Manolo Gabbiadini has flipped Southampton’s season right on it’s head.
Having scored six goals in just four appearances, the Italian International’s influence on the side is clear for all to see, but he’s done far more than just put the ball in the back of the net. With thanks to his attacking intelligence, Gabbiadini has removed the previous lethargic and lacklustre style, and replaced it with a fluid and expressive front-line.
At this moment in time each and every Southampton fan is in cloud nine with their clubs new talisman, and judging by his latest interview with Sky Italia, it seems that Gabbiadini is rather happy too…
“I didn’t expect (to start this well) either!” said Gabbiadini.
“I’ve completely changed brand of football. Everything is completely different here – the city, my teammates… I didn’t think I’d start like this. I have to thank all of my teammates and the coach, who are fantastic, and they’ve all gone out of their way to help. The difference with Italy is it’s all fun here both for us and the fans whether you win or lose. What matters is giving 100%, that’s the only way you can make the supporters happy.
“I couldn’t go on living that life and constantly being on the bench. Come full time, I’d go home and I was always down because I didn’t feel a part of it – I felt horrible. When I left, I told myself that I had to make a fresh start and prove to myself that I could still play football. It would have become really hard had I waited another six months.”
Well, Manolo, I can assure you that you wont be returning to the bench anytime soon.