Date: 11th January 2019 at 2:56pm
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Earlier this afternoon Southampton confirmed the speculation linking striker Manolo Gabbiadini with a January switch back to Serie A and Sampdoria.

The 27-year-old made the move to St Mary’s Stadium from Italian side Napoli back in the January 2017 window for a reported £14.6million, but he knows Sampdoria well having spent time with them earlier in his career.

The Italian had a quick start to life at Southampton, scoring in four successive games upon his arrival, but then we saw the first of regular gaps in his form as he then largely struggled in front of the net for us. The second season wasn’t much better but he did hit the winner against Swansea City that ensured survival and really that’s what he’ll be remembered for, even though he now departs with only 12 goals in 60 appearances.

15 appearances in the campaign of 2018/19 only saw the return of one goal as well, so when new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl indicated he was off, although disappointing in many ways, it wasn’t that great a shock.

 

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