Can Southampton star punish Spurs after Italy call-up?

Graziano Pelle

Tottenham will seek to stop a forward in outstanding form in Graziano Pelle when Southampton travel to North London.

Against QPR last weekend, Southampton striker and summer signing Graziano Pelle scored an astonishing overhead kick winner - his 5th goal in 8 games for his new club.

Even more remarkably, it was his 60th goal in 74 games since the start of the 2012-13 season. Unsurprisingly, it saw the former Feyenoord man called up by Italy for their forthcoming games with Azerbaijan and Malta.

How Tottenham could do with a target man as capable, and importantly, on form as Pelle.

Though they have two of Europe's most established forwards from the last few years on their books in Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, it is young academy graduate Harry Kane that has netted the most goals out of the Spurs strikers.

And even more worryingly for Mauricio Pochettino's side, Kane looks the best and the most enthusiastic out of all his attacking options.

In contrast, Graziano Pelle has been a revelation for Southampton since arriving from Feyenoord. He is now in his third straight season of potent goalscoring form, and has seemingly made the switch from the Eredivisie to the Premier League with ease.

As a tall and powerful striker, most of Pelle's successful club football has come in the Netherlands, with stints back in his home country of Italy never really coming off. But showing all the signs of a player that finds his form a little later than others, it now seems that everything the 29-year-old touches turns to gold, with Pelle's outrageous winner against the Hoops showing a confidence and inventiveness the likes of Thierry Henry would have been proud of.

That the Italian has Ronald Koeman at St Mary's, a manager who has brought the best out of his career, is of course telling for Pelle, and undoubtedly the striker will feel indebted to the Dutch legend for showing the confidence to splash out £8 million for him.

But with an Italy side calling out for attacking alternatives selecting him for the first time, don't be surprised if Pelle makes the same waves at international level as he has done in Holland and England.

Form is temporary and class is permanent the old adage goes, but it's hard to tell when one ends and the other begins if said form lasts long enough.

Spurs fans will certainly be hoping that whatever Pelle possesses, form or class, takes a break at White Hart Lane this weekend.

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