Graziano Pellè: Italy’s Jewel

Just two days ago Italy had a very tough game against Malta but they eventually managed to win thanks to a goal from Graziano Pellè. The Italians seem to have a lot of problems on the field but surel Pellè isn’t one.

Earlier in the summer, Pellè joined Southampton on a three-year contract, following the club’s new manager Ronald Koeman from Feyenoord. Although he wasn’t a hit in Serie A, the striker established himself under Koeman in the Dutch league and scored 50 goals in 57 games at Feyenoord. A feat that many may not be impressed with especially since it’s in a fairly easy league.

Graziano celebrating one of his goals for Southampton

Pellè arrived as a direct replacement to Rickie Lambert, a striker who had made his name at Southampton but the club was forced to sell him to Liverpool due to financial purposes. Pellè who was a failure at AZ with Louis Van Gaal managed to find his form under Koeman and he decided to take his career further and take the ultimate test, playing in the Premier League.

Despite Southampton selling many of their star players and contrary to common media criticism, the club has been doing quite well in the league. They are currently occupying the third position just one point behind last year’s champions Manchester City. Of course, the Italian striker influenced the club’s current position with his four goals and single assist.  The 29-year-old is bonding well with his team-mates and he will surely move on to a bigger club before the end of his career.

Lambert and Jay Rodriguez had never played for England prior to joining Southampton but they made their name at the club and Pellè’s case is similar, he has been finally called up to the national team after being overlooked all over the years. Pellè is a late bloomer, just like the player he replaced, Lambert. The past is gone now, what matters is his performance at the moment for both club and national level as he could prove crucial to both in their campaigns this season.

Watch below his spectacular goal against QPR:

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