Southampton forward Manolo Gabbiadini initially set English football alight when he joined from Napoli back in the January of 2017.
However, the Italian, who is valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, never managed to keep up the form he showed in the early months of his Southampton career and has largely been a disappointing signing. With other senior striker Charlie Austin prone to injury and the Saints coming awfully close to being relegated this season, Gabbiadini should be sold.
Mark Hughes and his team might not be so lucky next time if they persist on relying on Austin, who simply can’t be relied upon, and the misfiring Gabbiadini. According to Gazzetta dello Sport via talkSPORT, Gabbiadini is desperate to return to his homeland with Lazio and Bologna said to be interested.
If Lazio or Bologna’s interest does materialise into a bid a for Gabbiadini, then Southampton should accept it without question. Southampton supporters won’t forget about the Italy international’s heroics this season; his goal in the Saints’ 1-0 win over relegation rivals Swansea in May, all but guaranteed Premier League survival going into the last game of the calendar.
But, overall, Gabbiadini was poor throughout most of the campaign.
The former Napoli striker most certainly has quality and could still come good if he’s to remain at St. Mary’s. But Southampton aren’t in the position to be taking those kind of chances.
Hughes already finds himself not being able to count on Austin week in, week out, so the situation surrounding his strikers is already delicate as it is.
Furthermore, selling Gabbiadini and investing in a new centre-forward would be a wise move all round.