Southampton summer signing reflects on his 'tough' first season in English football

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has admitted to enduring struggles during his first season in England.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has admitted to the BBC that his first season in England has been tough.

Pelle arrived at Southampton from Feyenoord last summer and the Italian has obviously experienced some difficulty in making the transition from Eredivisie to Premier League football.

The 29-year-old has been a regular in Southampton's team, but insists that he still has room to improve next term.

"It's a long, tough season and is not always easy," he said. "I have to take this season in a good way to improve for the next one. I feel really good and hope it will be a nice ending.

"Every team I play for I want to achieve something special and we are close to that."

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttGoal AssistTotal Att AssistDuel WonAerial WonPen Area EntriesAppearancesMins Played
Graziano Pellè 9 106 32 2 35 196 154 72 32 2,749

Pelle has been one of Southampton's main men, but the demands of the Premier League do seem to have caught up with him lately.

The clinical finisher scored 13 goals in his first 22 appearances for Southampton, but he has failed to sustain that blistering form.

Since the start of 2015, Pelle has netted just three times, with fatigue possibly a factor even after breaking his duck by scoring against Hull City at the weekend.

It means that the task for Pelle next season will be to ensure that he remains consistent throughout the entire campaign, as he clearly has the ability to make a positive impact in England.

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