Gabbiadini returns to Italy

Published on: 11 January 2019

Ralph Hasenhuttl will turn his attention towards strengthening his Southampton squad after selling Manolo Gabbiadini to Sampdoria for £12million.

The 27-year-old Italian moved to St Mary's from Napoli in January 2017 for £14million and scored six goals in his first four games for the club.

However, it was downhill from then on for the striker who only scored one league goal for Saints this term.

In total he found the net 10 times in 51 Premier League games for the club, 5/1 to be relegated this season.

Hasenhuttl, who allowed Steven Davis to join Rangers earlier this week, said of Gabbiadini: "If you are a new manager at a new club you get the first impressions of the player and it seems to me he is a good player with fantastic technique but with this intensive pressing system we try to play, to be honest, it's not his way of playing.

"It was better to find a solution that good for both sides.

"I think it's a good step for him to go back to Italy and I wish him all the best. He's a fantastic player."

Of any potential new arrivals, the Austrian added: "We have problems with injuries among our forwards but we don't want to be hurried so we need to think about it and, if you are 100 per cent sure this guy makes us better, then take the decision."

Southampton are available at 10/3 to beat Leicester City on Saturday and 14/1 to win the match 2-1.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl will turn his attention towards strengthening his Southampton squad after selling Manolo Gabbiadini to Sampdoria for £12million.

The 27-year-old Italian moved to St Mary's from Napoli in January 2017 for £14million and scored six goals in his first four games for the club.

However, it was downhill from then on for the striker who only scored one league goal for Saints this term.

In total he found the net 10 times in 51 Premier League games for the club, 5/1 to be relegated this season.

Hasenhuttl, who allowed Steven Davis to join Rangers earlier this week, said of Gabbiadini: "If you are a new manager at a new club you get the first impressions of the player and it seems to me he is a good player with fantastic technique but with this intensive pressing system we try to play, to be honest, it's not his way of playing.

"It was better to find a solution that good for both sides.

"I think it's a good step for him to go back to Italy and I wish him all the best. He's a fantastic player."

Of any potential new arrivals, the Austrian added: "We have problems with injuries among our forwards but we don't want to be hurried so we need to think about it and, if you are 100 per cent sure this guy makes us better, then take the decision."

Southampton are available at 10/3 to beat Leicester City on Saturday and 14/1 to win the match 2-1.

Source: bet365.com

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