Manolo Gabbiadini feels revived by Southampton transfer

Southampton forward Manolo Gabbiadini says he feels transformed after leaving Napoli and making an instant impact in the Premier League.

Gabbiadini managed just three goals for Napoli in the first half of the season, finding himself on the fringes of the first team since Maurizio Sarri replaced Rafa Benitez as the Serie A club's coach.

He knew the time had come to make a change, but had not imagined things would have started so well at his new club.

"I've completely changed my football," Gabbiadini told Italy's Sky Sport. "Everything is completely different here: the city, the people. I didn't believe I would start like this.

"I need to thank all my teammates and the coach, who have been extraordinary and have all been there for me. The difference here to Italy is that it's all 'enjoy' here, as they say; it's all entertainment both for us and for the fans, whether you win or lose.

"All that matters is you give everything because that's the only way you can make people happy."

Gabbiadini has scored six goals in four appearances for the Saints, including two in the League Cup final defeat to Manchester United. It is a far cry from playing second fiddle in Naples.

"I couldn't carry on living that life, always sitting on the bench," Gabbiadini said. "When the games ended, I went home really sad because I didn't feel involved. It was a horrible feeling.

"When I left, I told myself that I needed to start afresh and prove to myself that I could still play well. If I had waited another six months, it would have been really tough."