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Southampton don’t need Gabbiadini any more, and should ditch him in January

Southampton don’t need Gabbiadini any more, and should ditch him in January

According to The Daily Echo, Serie A outfit Fiorentina are in talks with Southampton forward Manolo Gabbiadini about a move in January. 

The Italy international has only managed four starts in the Premier League so far this season, as he has been behind both Danny Ings and Charlie Austin in the hierarchy at St Mary’s.

In fact, since joining from Napoli for £14m in early 2017, the striker has only made 25 League starts, scoring ten goals. On the other hand, Ings has already managed six league goals this season, more than the Italian has ever managed in a season.

With Shane long also in the ranks at St Mary’s Gabbiadini has surely accepted that his game time will be limited, and at the age of 27, he will not want to be on the bench during the prime of his career.

With that in mind, Southampton should definitely be willing to listen to offers for the striker, as, not only can they make some money from his move, they will also be freeing up the wage bill.

However, Ings and Austin are notoriously injury-prone, and there is nothing to say that Gabbiadini will not be called upon if that occurs. Then again, the Italian has had fitness problems himself so far during his tenure at St Mary’s.

One thing that is in his favour is that new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl may favour the striker, so it may be a case of waiting to see. If not, for Gabbiadini’s sake, Southampton should definitely look to offload him.

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