Graziano Pelle not worried about Southampton's run of defeats

Southampton forward Graziano Pelle insists that he is not worried by the club's downturn in form.

Southampton may be winless in their last four games, but Graziano Pelle has no concerns about the ability of the squad.

The Saints raised expectations with a blistering start to the season where they climbed into second spot in the Premier League table, but a run of poor results has seen them drop down to fifth. 

That would still represent an impressive finish for the South Coast club, but the speed they have fallen down the league has led to questions being asked about whether they will be able to retain their lofty position. 

The bad run started with a draw against Aston Villa and has continued with defeats to Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United, but Pelle insists that this is just a blip for his side. 

"I’m happy. I’m not worried about this group, nobody likes to lose and when we lose we don’t like it," he said to the Saints' official site. "That’s the most important, next time we are going to win.

“We’re a team and we will try to reach something nice, something important. In this group there’s nobody selfish. Everyone wants to do the best for the club, it’s true."

Despite Pelle's confidence, the fact that Southampton failed to pick up any points from matches against the some of the other top-four candidates is rather alarming. 

Southampton are clearly a very capable side, but their lack of squad depth means that sustaining a run at the European spots could be a difficult challenge. 

If they are to turn their form around they will need their key players to get back to the very best as soon as possible and they will be hoping that this winless run has not negatively impacted on morale. 

Pelle has been one of the Southampton players who has fallen short of his optimum level, but he did score in their last fixture against Manchester United and will want to build on this strike tomorrow. 

The Italian has made a good impression since arriving in England, but he will know he has to start hitting the back of the net again more regularly after just one goal in his last seven fixtures. 

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