Deadline-day seemingly came and went in largely unceremonious style this season. Although several high profile Premier League clubs sought to bring in as much big-money talent as possible throughout the latest January transfer window, the winter spending period arguably fails to live up to its hectic summer counterpart on most given occasions.
One player to hit the headlines this deadline-day however arrives in the form of ex-Napoli forward and current Italy international – Manolo Gabbiadini. The 25-year-old striker arrives at Southampton for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £17 million, much to the delight of the determined Saints faithful.
Southampton F.C. are obviously excited to announce the news of Gabbiadini’s capture…
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) 31 January 2017
The Italian frontman comes very highly rated among Serie A watchers…
My Italian colleagues rate Gabbiadini higher than Pellé. Fingers crossed, looking forward to another Italian in the squad! #SaintsFC
— Italian Saints (@ItalianSaints) 30 January 2017
…some are expecting big things of the former Napoli man…
If you stare into Gabbiadini's eyes for 5mins you'll never feel love again in your life.
— Kais (@FinallyKais) 1 February 2017
…others aren’t feeling particularly optimistic…
I hope this Gabbiadini is nothing less than outstanding because we are unbelievably poor at the moment #saintsfc
— Alex Wharton (@Ak_Wharton) 31 January 2017
Although the often testing nature of the English top-flight can indeed prove rather troublesome for some…
Gabbiadini got a good left foot, but he's had a poor season in Italy so far and may struggle with the physicality of the prem
— Everything Everton (@18_NSNO_78) 24 December 2016
…many Premier League onlookers have faith in Gabbiadini’s striking ability…
The best signing of this window was Gabbiadini to Saints. Can't believe he left Napoli. Top class?? #deadlineday
— Rs. (@Ross_Jarvis) 31 January 2017
If the Italian’s recent stats are to prove anything to go by…
Forwards with highest shot accuracy in Europe's top 5 leagues (20+ shots):
S. Perisca (81%)
M. Sau (75%)
M. Gabbiadini (74%) pic.twitter.com/B3z0XJAh3T
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) 31 January 2017
…Southampton fans seemingly have every reason to be excited by this latest big money move…
For anyone saying Gabbiadini is over priced needs there head checked! He's 25 and has all the attributes of a top class striker #saintsfc
— Callum Lombard (@callombard95) 30 January 2017
…even if certain Liverpool scouts may already be lying in wait…
Wonder when gabbiadini will make his Liverpool debut??
— Joseph Moss (@JoeMoss98) 31 January 2017