Southampton manager Ronald Koeman backing Pelle to get back to form following Hull goal

After Southampton striker Graziano Pelle ended his Premier League goal drought in the Saints’ 2-0 win against relegation-threatened Hull City, manager Ronald Koeman is tipping the Italian to fine his scoring form again in the last few games of the season, reports BBC Sport.

Pelle scored the second goal of the game to seal a Southampton win against Hull City, which was his first goal since December. The Italian international has had a rough time in the second-half to the season, but finally ended the wait, and will now be full of confidence to end the campaign strongly.

Southampton finished the day in 5th place in the Premier League, after Tottenham lost, while Liverpool are yet to play, and manager Ronald Koeman was delighted that Pelle finally got his goal. The summer signing was on fire earlier in the season when the Saints were in the top-four of the table, and his goals could be crucial to earn them a Europa League spot now.

Koeman is now tipping Pelle to replicate the form he was showing initially upon his arrival last summer, while adding that the striker has been working hard to turn his fortunes around.

“Graziano played well and worked very hard but he has to score goals. That’s the best feeling a striker can get. He lives to score goals and if it’s been a long time it does something for your confidence. Now he will be back to the player he was at the beginning of the season,” he said.

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