Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has said that he has been ‘very impressed’ with Southampton’s Graziano Pelle.
Italy international striker Pelle joined the Saints from Dutch giants Feyenoord in the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £8 million.
The 29-year-old has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and has been one of the best players in the English top flight so far this season.
Pelle has scored six goals and created 12 chances in eight league appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 68% and a shot accuracy of 48%.
Owen is impressed with the former AZ and Parma star’s displays and backs him to score against his former club Stoke City at St. Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon.
‘One thing’s for sure about this game Stoke won’t lie down as Sunderland did at St Mary’s last weekend’, the 34-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.
‘Saints to win to nil has done us proud so far this season but both teams have scored in the last seven games between the sides and we might have to look at a different angle for the weekend.
‘I have been very impressed with Graziano Pelle this term and expect the Italian striker to find the back of the Stoke net’.
Southampton will head into today’s game on the back of a 8-0 hammering of Sunderland at home last weekend, with Pelle scoring twice.
Ronald Koeman’s side are currently third in the Premier League table with 16 points from eight matches, but Stoke are not that far behind.
The Potters, who edged past Swansea City 2-1 at home last weekend, are five points behind Southampton in 10th place.