Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini has revealed his positive working relationship with manager Claude Puel.
The 25-year-old, as quoted by Football Italia, has spoken of how the Frenchman has already altered and improved the way in which he plays, fitting him into his system well.
Claude Puel? The relationship is good, he’s asked me to play as a pure centre-forward, to always gamble at the near post. The goal for 1-2 (against Manchester United), the one from the (James) Ward-Prowse cross came from that.
Gabbiadini has been flying since his arrival on the south coast and hasn’t stopped scoring. The Italy international has scored an incredible five goals in just three games so far for Saints, with two well-taken goals coming on Sunday in the EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United at Wembley.
I manage in English. I can get by. Of course I still need to improve and I’ve started taking private lessons. With Puel we speak English, Italian and French. We can understand each other, and that’s the most important thing.
Saints were badly in need of some more attacking inspiration in the January transfer window, forcing Puel and the board to delve into the market and rescue Gabbiadini from his lack of game time at Napoli.
I’ve found a very young team and a hungry Coach. I still live in a hotel, but I’ll be moving to a house soon, Southampton can truly represent a turning point in my career.
The fee for the ex-Sampdoria attacker could potentially rise to £17 million; a club record fee, but he’s looking to be worth his weight in gold already.