Gabbiadini has settled well, says Davis

By SFC Media Wed 15 Feb Steven Davis
Photo by Matt Watson | Manolo Gabbiadini

Steven Davis has praised in-form Italian forward Manolo Gabbiadini after his goal-laden start to life at St Mary’s.

Gabbiadini has now scored three goals in two games since arriving from Napoli in January.

Indeed, he is the first player to score in his first two Premier League games for Saints since Henri Camara in 2005.

Davis said: “He’s got a lot of quality. After his goal last week when it was a half chance if anything and he stuck it in the top bin and today as well he’s turned on a sixpence and scored as well so he’s got a lot of quality, you can see that.

“His movement is really good and he offers us a good attacking outlet and gives us good competition for places with Longy coming on and scoring and Jay-Rod as well.

“Every goalscorer thrives off scoring goals and nice to see both of them on the score sheet again. There is good competition for places up there, we are well-stocked in that area.”

And despite still adapting to the English game and a new language, the Italian international has taken to things seamlessly, something which Davis feels bodes well for the future.

“He obviously feels confortable out on the training pitch that’s what he is here to do and at the minute he is finding it difficult to communicate because we don’t really have any Italian speakers and he doesn’t speak English so, we’ve got a masseur who is Italian.

“He can translate a bit for him. He seems to have settled in well judging by his performances on the pitch so delighted for him.

“Football is universal anyway. Obviously communication at times helps but as a goal scorer to get off the mark in your first two games, he’s obviously settled in well.”

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