Amex Stadium

Next Game

Brighton v Southampton

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 19:45

Friendly Match

Dean Court

Last Game

Bournemth 0 - 1 Southampton

Friday, 25 July 2014, 19:45

Friendly Match

Pochettino: Osvaldo is growing

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted there is more to come from Dani Osvaldo after his wonder goal against Manchester City, as the striker is still settling into life in England.

Last Updated: 09/12/13 at 15:02 Post Comment

Dani Osvaldo: Will keep getting better, according to Mauricio Pochettino

Dani Osvaldo: Will keep getting better, according to Mauricio Pochettino

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Osvaldo's superb 42nd-minute strike earned Southampton their first point in four games as they drew 1-1 with Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium.

It was the 27-year-old Italian's second goal in as many games, taking his tally to three since becoming Saints' record signing in the summer.

But Pochettino says his £15million man is still getting to grips with English football.

He told the Southern Daily Echo: "He's a player that's growing. He did very well.

"It's not easy to adapt to this league, especially for a player that's coming from abroad.

"He needs time to adapt, he needs patience and he showed that adaptation process is paying off."

Osvaldo's recent form in front of goal will no doubt have caught the attention of those involved with the England squad as well.

The former Roma man could feature for Italy, who will play England in their opening World Cup group game on June 14.

Pochettino thinks Osvaldo's presence in England could be a blessing for Roy Hodgson.

He said: "He's a very important player for the Italian national side and it's actually very good for England that he is playing here, that he can be analysed and watched over and over again so you guys are aware of his danger."

Pochettino admits his forward deserves his fiery reputation, but he puts that partly down the passion the player shows on the pitch.

He said: "It's true - and his reputation, he has actually earned it.

"He has a full character, full of passion, he has a big heart and is full of fire inside and he needs that to perform as he does.

"He's a player also that is growing.

"He's learning, he's maturing as a player and we're very happy with his performance and overall with his general behaviour."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Premier League: Ross Barkley signs new four-year contract at Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

Transfer News: Southampton's chairman says Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will stay

Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will not be sold, according to Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger

Transfer News: Reported Manchester United target Arturo Vidal 'happy' to stay at Juventus

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is convinced Arturo Vidal will remain with the club for the forthcoming season.

Mail Box

Youth Development Has To Be The Future

A varied Mailbox has thoughts on transfer targets, youth development, the obsession over 3-5-2, some innovative Blackpool suggestions and why Real bought Kroos...

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property