Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini unfazed by goal drought
By Michael Hincks
Last Updated: 19/05/17 6:08am
Manolo Gabbiadini says he is "not worrying" despite having failed to score for Southampton in his past seven Premier League outings.
The Italian striker hit the ground running in January after moving from Napoli, scoring six goals in his first four games.
That tally included a double in the EFL Cup final loss to Manchester United in late February, while the last of those strikes came in the 4-3 win over Watford on March 4.
However, the 25-year-old is not irked by his recent form in front of goal, and knows he can take positives from his first half-season in England.
"It always happens in football, having positive and negative moments," Gabbiadini told Sky Sports.
"When things go well they go well, but when they are hard you know you need to work hard and believe you can get more goals.
"That's what I'm doing now, working hard and not worrying about the moment I am in.
"I am happy and the team is happy as well. When I arrived I was in front of 90,000 people playing at Wembley, it was very positive for me and my team-mates, it has been a very positive season."
Gabbiadini penned a four-and-a-half year contract with the Saints following his move from Napoli, which was understood to be for £14.5m plus £2.5m in add-ons.
And the forward, who has been capped by Italy six times, in confident that moving to Southampton was the right decision for his career.
"I have no doubt I made the right choice," Gabbiadini said. "When I was growing up I would watch the Premier League teams on TV and you could feel the atmosphere inside stadiums even watching at home.
"Even speaking to my agents 10 years ago I was telling them I want to play in the Premier League one day. I achieved that goal coming to Southampton.
"I am improving [my English] but I want to improve more because everything will be a lot easier. I am trying to teach some Italian to the players but it is more important that I learn more English in the coming months."