Koeman not worried by Graziano Pelle's poor form; suggests how he can improve

Southampton Football Club

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has backed Graziano Pelle to start finding the back of the net again soon.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told the club's official site that he has full faith that the goals will return to Graziano Pelle's game soon.

The Italian striker has scored just once in his last 16 matches, in what has been a worrying run of form for the front-man. 

The pressure has started to grow on the 29-year-old, but Koeman insists that he has no concerns over Pelle's lack of goals. 

"It’s sometimes difficult for the strikers when they have something a little bit struggling and then they try to do something different what they don’t need," he explained. "It’s difficult but he was working well, a bit unlucky in two situations in the second half but the goals will come – no problem.

"What you have to do is work hard for the team and the players – they understand his situation, and that’s football. Don’t be nervous, keeping working and if you get a chance then score and don’t make it more difficult than that possibility was."

Pelle's downturn in form has been part of the reason why Southampton's form has dipped slightly in 2015.

Koeman's side have struggled for goals of late and this can only be attributed to the fact that their leading marksman is finding it hard to hit the back of the net.

Pelle scored 10 goals in his first 12 matches as he made a blistering start to life in England, but he has failed to build on this impressive opening and there are now question marks starting to emerge over whether he should be replaced next season.

Southampton will be an attractive club to join over the summer and with Charlie Austin already said to be on their list of targets in the summer by the Daily Mail, it remains to be seen whether Pelle will be the Saints' main attacking threat next season. 

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