By Jason Hope
10 March 2017
Manolo Gabbiadini has won the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for February. Southampton signed the 25 year old Italian international from Napoli during the January 2017 transfer window and has proved an instant success scoring five goals in three matches during his first month at St Marys. This would have been six had he not had an early strike in the EFL Cup Final against Manchester United harshly ruled out for offside. His goal against Watford in early March made him the first Player in Southampton history to score a goal in each of his first four appearances for the club.
Gabbiadini was the highest profile signing of this year’s first transfer window with his switch from Series A to the Premier League costing the Saints around £15 million. The striker started his professional career in 2010 at home town club, Bergamo and then spent the following seven years bouncing around clubs in the top two tiers of Italian football including spells at Juventus, Bologna and Sampdoria.
His International career started well at under 21 level and he scored 12 goals in his 24 games for the young Azzurri. However, after making his debut in a friendly against England in 2012, he has so far only managed a further five Senior caps, the coming as a substitute against Romania in 2015.
If he was hoping that the move to the Premier League will reinvigorate both his domestic and International form, then the initial signs are that he won’t be disappointed and the new Italian Saint could be a star in the making.