Claude Puel has paid tribute to Manolo Gabbiadini, his £17m January signing from Napoli, who made it three goals from two Southamptonappearances with a double in their 4-0 win over Sunderland today.
“It’s a good adaptation,” said Puel of Gabbiadini, who has three goals after his first two games as a Saints player.
“I said this when he came in, he is a good, technical player. He gives quality to the team, because he doesn’t lose the ball. We can find him between the lines, with good control, good passing.
“He can keep the ball and, after, he can give good solutions – good runs behind the defenders, and he has the ability to make the difference and to score. This is important for us, because since the beginning of the season we have had many chances, without being clinical, and this is important.
“I am happy also for Shane to score. All of this gives confidence to all the players, not just Gabbiadini.”