Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has expressed his thinking behind the impending departure of Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini.

The Saints forward is expected to join Sampdoria back in his homeland in the coming days, and the Austrian has been explaining why he believes the exit is the best thing for all parties.

“He is a good player, fantastic technique, but I think with this intensive pressing system we try to play, it is not his way, so it was better to find a solution which is better for both sides,” Sky Sports quote him as saying.

“It is a good step for him to go back to Italy, I wish him all the best. I am sure he can score goals at every club in the world, but we try to go another way and for that we need other players.”

Gabbiadini arrived at St Mary’s Stadium from Napoli in 2017, but has found game time hard to come by for Southampton this season, and as a result he has managed to score just one goal throughout the course of the campaign.

Hasenhuttl has the likes of Danny Ings, Shane Long and Charlie Austin in his forward ranks, while Saints youngster Michael Obafemi is expected to improve under the Austrian as well.

Despite having plenty of numbers in the attacking department, the Southampton manager has confirmed he will be entering into the transfer market to bring another striker into the club.

“We are looking to bring someone in this transfer period, but it is not easy because in winter you must find a guy who not only for a short-time makes us better, but also for long term,” the Saints boss continued.

“I only want to take a transfer for the future, which is also helping us for the longer term. That is what I want to see.

“It is better to make it as soon as possible, but it is not so easy in the winter break.”

Southampton have improved since the new man replaced Mark Hughes, but a couple of additions in the new few weeks would be a welcome aid in the club’s push to move away from the Premier League relegation zone.


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