According to Feyenoord official Gido Vader Southampton's Graziano Pelle helped ease the transition period the club experienced when they lost current John Guidetti.
Guidetti had the best spell of his career at Feyenoord, scoring 20 times in 23 appearances for the club, whilst on loan from Manchester City, but Pelle's goalscoring record whilst there was also staggering.
It meant that the loss of Guidetti, who returned to City after his loan expired, was not too harshly felt and it is also a testament to the pair's ability.
The two have since gone on to pastures new, but Vader believes that they carried the rest of the team
"Graziano really clicked at Feyenoord and was not only a great player but an icon," he said to Sky Sports. "He really lifted the team on his shoulders as John Guidetti who came on loan from Manchester City had done the year before."
Both strikers have earned lavish praise at their new clubs since joining in the summer.
Guidetti completed a loan move to Celtic from Manchester City and has earned high praise for his encouraging start, whilst Pelle has been nothing short of a revelation since switching to Southampton.
The Italian front-man finally was rewarded with international recognition for his performance this week, and scored on his debut, and Vader believes that this was fully deserved.
"It’s great that he’s now getting what he deserves by scoring on his debut against Italy this week," he said.
"I also happen to think (just like he does) that he should have got his debut long before that but who am I to talk about Italy, they have such a great history in football."