Southampton star used to dream of being Alan Shearer

Southampton's Graziano Pelle says that his goals against Sunderland reminded him of when he used to pretend he was former striker Alan Shearer.

Having scored the only goal on his international debut for Italy in Malta on Monday, Graziano Pelle netted twice in Saints’ romp against Sunderland this weekend. He now has six goals in eight Premier League appearances since signing for the club in the summer window.

As a youngster Pelle would score goals and celebrate like Alan Shearer, trying to replicate his Premier League hero. Now playing for the club at which the all-time English top flight scorer broke through into the senior game, the Italian has the chance to do just that.

He said: "When I was young and I scored, it was 'a great Van Basten' or 'a great Shearer'. When you are young, you want to be someone who is already in the Premier League or Serie A"

"Now I’m happy that I am here. I see a lot of love from kids who want to be me. I have to always show them that with work you can reach what you want to reach."

Having scored the only goal on his international debut for Italy in Malta on Monday, his two-goal salvo in Saints’ record-breaking 8-0 victory completed undoubtedly the best week of his career.

At 29, Pelle has finally realised his dream. Starring in Ronald Koeman's Southampton side, he has made a stunning start to life in England.

He scooped the Premier League Player of the Month award for September; well-deserved recognition of this fantastic form.

The former Feyenoord striker has been an excellent addition to the Dutchman's rejuvenated Saints.

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