Puel lauds Gabbiadini debut

By SFC Media time Sun 05 Feb Saints vs West Ham
Photo by Matt Watson | Manolo Gabbiadini

Claude Puel praised the debut of Manolo Gabbiadini, despite the 3-1 defeat to West Ham in the Premier League.

Gabbiadini introduced himself to the Southampton faithful with a superb angled strike after 12 minutes.

And Puel says he can prove to be an important player during the rest of the season.

“It’s a pity we lost this game when you saw this fantastic goal. I’m satisfied and I enjoyed his game because he’s a strong player with quality,” Puel reflected.

“He can give solution between the lines and behind the lines also. On the crosses he is always available.

“It’s a very good player to play to find him between the lines but to score and give assists for the future.”

Sofiane Boufal went off injured in the second-half to be replaced by Shane Long, but Puel says they are still awaiting news on its severity.

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) goes off injured during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England on 4 February 2017.
Sofiane Boufal walks off after injury

Puel said: “I don’t know for the moment. We will see this tomorrow but I hope it’s not a bad injury because he’s a talented player who can give a good solution and he had a good relationship with Gabbiadini.”

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