Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini posted on Twitter on Wednesday to say that he was “still buzzing” following his crucial winning goal in the 1-0 victory against fellow strugglers Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night, and Saints fans were quick to react.
It has been a disappointing campaign for the 26-year-old, who started the season in the starting XI but has gradually fallen down the pecking order as the months have gone on, finding himself as third-choice behind Charlie Austin and Shane Long under Mark Hughes in recent weeks.
The Italy international’s goal in south Wales was his first since February, and he has only played 23 minutes of Premier League football since the end of March to throw his future at St Mary’s into further doubt.
Southampton supporters, who witnessed a performance from Wesley Hoedt that suggested he should be a regular starter next term, took to social media to respond to the tweet from their hero, and while one said “we need you”, another said “give us another year, you know the fans love you”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Looking forward to you scoring more goals next season Gabbi – well done😇
— Jane (@blondiesaint) May 9, 2018
With that goal, and the goals in the cup final last year, you've already cemented your place in Southampton history for decades to come. Still hope you stay next season though 🤞🔴⚪️
— Dan Lowman (@DanLowman94) May 9, 2018
Don’t normally beg but here goes! Love it if you stayed another year gabbi! Think you’d regain that form under mark Hughes! Your hold up play and touch was class last night! Hope to see in a Saints shirt next season
— 🇬🇧Danny K🇬🇧 (@DannySaint1) May 9, 2018
When it matters most,you always deliver. Great job!
— Joseph Tayo (@SaintsTayo) May 9, 2018
Please do not leave, in sparky you could be unstoppable
— Brendon Hooper (@hoopersfc94) May 9, 2018
Cheers Gabbi. Give us another year, you know the fans love you.
— Julian Hood (@harvey_hood) May 9, 2018
Don't leave in the summer Gabi. We need you!
— Grayson🏃💨 (@floppyrace) May 9, 2018
Make sure you hang around next season and show the manager what we all know you're capable of!
— Richard Kitchen (@RichardKitchen7) May 9, 2018
You delivered when it mattered. Can't believe you didn't play more. Hope you stay and get more opportunities next season. #GabbiGol
— MLZ (@MLZ_5) May 9, 2018