Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has been voted as the Premier League Player of the Month for September.
The Italy international scored three goals last month - a brace against Newcastle United and a brilliant overhead kick against Queens Park Rangers.
The 29-year-old’s impressive performances for the Saints in September saw him get called up to the Italy squad for this month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Pelle has been a star for Southampton so far this season, having joined the Premier League outfit from Feyenoord in the summer transfer window.
The former AZ and Parma star was understandably delighted to have won the prestigious award and is quoted as saying by the Saints’ official website: ‘I’m really happy. I’m proud of myself, but it’s not just about me...
‘I’m really happy in general with what I’ve been doing over the last couple of years. I believe that this is the most beautiful job in the world, and I am enjoying it a lot’.
There was more joy for Southampton on Friday, as manager Ronald Koeman was adjudged September’s Premier League Manager of the Month.
The Dutchman, who was appointed the Saints boss in the summer, led his side to three wins out of three in the league in September.
‘It’s a great compliment’, he said. ‘It’s a personal prize for the manager, but I have to say thanks to the players it’s always those on the pitch who win games. We had a great month, which was maybe unexpected for a lot of people and maybe that’s had an influence on this prize.
‘Everybody was a little afraid before the season, but we’ve done a great job – all of the coaches and the technical staff, and all of the people at the club’.
Southampton will head into this weekend’s round of matches in the Premier League placed third in the table with 13 points from seven matches, six points behind leaders Chelsea.