I thought I was a superhero last season, admits Southampton star Graziano Pelle

Southampton Football Club

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has netted seven goals so far this season.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has told Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday that he naively thought he was a 'superhero' last season. 

Pelle went into his first campaign in England believing that he would be able to maintain high standards throughout the entire season.

However, as his form tailed off after a blistering start to life at St. Mary's, he learnt just how demanding the Premier League is, and Pelle is hoping to learn from those struggles. 

"Last season I thought I was a superhero, and that I could play every game at the top level," he said. "But you realise that it isn't easy in England, because you play a lot of games.

"It's amazing as the atmosphere you get at Christmas, with all the people coming to watch the game, it's beautiful. But physically and mentally it's important to find the balance. And I know a bit more this year."

Pelle scored nine times in his first 12 Southampton matches after joining the south coast club back in 2014, but he only went on to net another seven over the rest of the campaign.

This time around his goals have been more evenly spread out, and he will be hoping to maintain his excellent form for the duration of the season.

Pelle is already on seven goals in all competitions, and his performances have been a major reason behind Southampton's good start.

Ronald Koeman's side are currently unbeaten in their last five matches, and they occupy eighth spot in the Premier League table. 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch