Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini believes goals will come following positive season

General view inside the stadium before the match - St Mary's Southampton

The Southampton January signing is without a goal in his last seven Premier League fixtures, despite a blistering start.

Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring their third goalSouthampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring their third goal

Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini isn't letting his lack of goals worry him, with the Italy international failing to find the back of the net in his last seven Premier League fixtures, as reports Sky Sports.

The 25-year-old arrived from Italian side Napoli in January for an initial £14m fee, as reports BBC Sport, and started his career at St Mary's with a bang, firing in six goals in his first four games, including two in the League Cup final against Manchester United, which ultimately Saints lost 3-2.

However, since scoring in a 4-3 win over Watford on the fourth of March, Gabbiadini has had no luck whatsoever in front of goal, firing blanks in his last seven Premier League outings - though how much of that is down to Gabbiadini is questionable, with the Claude Puel's side scoring just three times in those seven matches.

In any case, the Italian striker isn't letting his drought faze him in any way, with Gabbiadini claiming that it's part and parcel of being a striker in football, and that he's working hard to get himself back on the scoresheet - while also claiming it's been a very positive experience for him since he joined the club.

Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring their second goalSouthampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring their second goal

"It always happens in football, having positive and negative moments," Gabbiadini said to Sky Sports. "When things go well they go well, but when they are hard you know you need to work hard and believe you can get more goals.

"That's what I'm doing now, working hard and not worrying about the moment I am in. I am happy and the team is happy as well. When I arrived I was in front of 90,000 people playing at Wembley, it was very positive for me and my team-mates, it has been a very positive season."

Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring their second goal with team matesSouthampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates

Southampton have an outstanding chance to cement their league position of eighth at the weekend when they take on a Stoke City side who have won one out of their last 10 Premier League fixtures, having edged a point clear of seventh placed West Bromwich Albion following a 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

If Saints win, they will guarantee finishing eighth, and would be their fourth year in a row where they've finished in the top 10 since they were promoted in 2012.

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