'He's not the same' - Saints defender comments on Pelle reunion

Toby Alderweireld has commented on the vast improvements that Southampton forward Graziano Pelle has made since the last time they played against each other.

Southampton's Toby Alderweireld says that Graziano Pelle is like a different player to the one with whom he had previously played against.

Pelle and Alderweireld played in the Eredivisie against each-other for a stage of their careers before being reunited on the South Coast as teammates, and the Belgian defender has hailed the improvement that the Italian striker has made. 

“I played him (Pelle) before in Holland between Feyenoord and Ajax," he said to the club's official website. "He’s getting better every day.

"He’s not the same Graziano from Feyenoord. He’s getting better. He’s getting used to the players [being] strong and he’s confident."

Pelle scored a sensational goal for the Saints during their weekend match against Queens Park Rangers, and it has further enhanced his reputation as an exciting signing on the South Coast. 

The 29-year-old took a couple games to adapt to English football, but seems fully settled now and his four goals in six games since joining show an impressive run of form. 

Pelle has led the line for Southampton as they have made an incredible start to a season where many had tipped them to struggle.

Ronald Koeman's side are in second position in the table and have impressed with their expansive style of football.

After losing many of their key players over the summer many expected them to struggle, but the additions of Pelle and Dusan Tadic over the previous transfer window have more than compensated for their losses.

Indeed, the squad actually appears stronger now than it did last season, and Koeman is already quietly talking of the potential of achieving a potential top-four finish in the Premier League.

That would be a staggering achievement, but if they are to do so they will need Pelle to continue hitting the back of the net and, with his finishing ability, there is no reason why he can't. 

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