'Football is paradise here' - £8m Southampton newbie loving Premier League start

Graziano Pelle

Graziano Pelle is loving life at Southampton after a great start to his saints career.

Southampton are having an exceptional start to the season, currently sitting in second place in the Premier League and knocking Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup in midweek.

But it goes against everything the pundits believed about their upcoming campaign. The club lost the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and manager Mauricio Pochettino this summer.

But they did well to replace each player. Ronald Koeman took over as manager, Ryan Bertrand came in on loan from Chelsea, Dusan Tadic has been asked to replace Lallana while Toby Alderweireld should manifest into an excellent Lovren replacement.

Then there is Graziano Pelle - the player asked to replace Rickie Lambert in the Southampton fold.

He arrived at the club with an impressive record in Dutch football with Feyenoord, scoring 55 goals in 66 games for the Rotterdam club.

But many doubted his potential in English football, based on the inferior standard of the Eredivisie.

But he has netted four goals in five games and he believes he has done the job on the South Coast, whilst he also gushed about playing football in England whilst talking to Gazzetta dello Sport:

"Football is paradise here. Full stadia, people who support you from the first minute until the last, matches in which you never give up and there is much honesty on the pitch."

"Some say that the goals I have scored in Holland haven't the same weight of those Italian, English, German or Spanish ones. But the net has always had the same dimensions, and should you fail to get the ball over the line, you don't score."

Pelle certainly seems to be enjoying himself and the fans are enjoying him. If he continues performing on this level Southampton fans will soon forget all about Rickie Lambert.

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