According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Manolo Gabbiadini could be set for a move away from Southampton this month. The Italy international made the move to St Mary’s back in January 2017 after impressing at Serie A outfit Torino in years previous, although a lack of regular football under Mark Hughes and now Ralph Hasenhuttl has called his future at the South Coast outfit into question.
And reports suggest that the Saints are speaking to a trio of clubs about a possible move for the 27-year-old, although Southampton supporters would soon forget about the Italian were their side to launch a January move for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge.
Ultimately, while things haven’t quite gone to plan for Gabbiadini so far this season, there have been some glimpses of brilliance from the Italian ace during his time at St Mary’s, not least in netting six times in his first four games for the club upon arrival at the start of 2017.
And in bagging the winning goal in their 1-0 success over Swansea City back in May, the match that ultimately kept Southampton in the Premier League, he has certainly endeared himself to supporters during his time at the club – some are likely to be baffled as to why he hasn’t featured more.
And with genuine ability in the final third of the pitch, alongside Southampton’s struggles for goals in the last 18 months or so, it would be something of a loss were they to cash in on Gabbiadini this month, although it would be compensated somewhat were they to return for Liverpool’s Sturridge before the deadline at the end of the month.
The England international may well have forced his way back into Jurgen Klopp’s thinking this term with 11 Premier League appearances for the league leaders, but on the whole he isn’t likely to dispose the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah from the starting eleven on a regular basis.
And with his contract up at the end of the season, the Reds could well seek to cash in on the 29-year-old this month, especially given Divock Origi has also forced his way back into reckoning by netting the winner against Everton in the Merseyside derby last month.
And Southampton should see to reignite their interest in the 29-year-old this month in a bid to bolster their own flagging striking ranks, as other than Danny Ings, Hasenhuttl is certainly lacking sufficient depth and quality in his forward ranks.
Englishman Ings may have netted seven times in the Premier League for the Saints so far this season, but other than that the other striking options at Hasenhuttl’s disposal have seriously struggled to produce the goods, with Gabbiadini, Charlie Austin, and Shane Long managing just three goals between them.
And with Sturridge’s excellent goal-scoring record in the Premier League, having bagged 77 times in just 211 top-flight appearances, his arrival would no doubt bring the sort of predatory instincts needed to move the Saints away from the bottom three – between him and Ings, they would surely score plenty of goals in a side that have created plenty of chances this term.
As such, while Gabbiadini’s seemingly likely exit will no doubt be a loss to Southampton, the St Mary’s faithful would soon forget about the Italian were Hasenhuttl to lure Liverpool’s Sturridge to the South Coast.
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