Manolo Gabbiadini made quite the impression when he first arrived in English football back in January 2017.
Who could forget the 27-year-old’s world-class display in the League Cup final against Manchester United that year?
Certainly no Southampton fan after they watched the striker robbed of a hat-trick and arguably the trophy on the day.
Based on that performance alone, Gabbiadini looked like he was going places. Few players in the country had a left foot as powerful and dangerous as the Italian.
Unfortunately for Gabbiadini, though, he was not quite able to recapture that form again as his career at St. Mary’s progressed.
Bar the winner he scored in an end-of-the-season relegation clash versus Swansea City last year, the Italy international did not really make any other real significant contribution before being shipped off to Sampdoria.
There, the side he played for before his move from Napoli to Southampton, Gabbiadini has managed to kick-start his career.
He has scored four league goals since his return to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, which is just one less than his total from last season despite having played a less amount of games.
Gabbiadini will now be desperate to go up another gear under Marco Giampaolo and avoid another steep decline like the one he had at Southampton.
As for the Saints, they still find themselves with a striker-shaped problem, leaving Ralph Hasenhuttl with plenty to do this summer.
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