Slav sees a threat to Irons

kouyateSlaven Bilic has identified new Saints striker  Manola Gabbiadini as a threat to the Irons should he appear in the team after his move to Saints this week.

Speaking ahead of the game Slav said: “I know he’s an Italian international and he was at big club Napoli. He had his ups and downs. I watch football a lot and although he wasn’t ever a regular at Napoli, every time he played you were always like: “Why, why isn’t he playing regularly?”

He scores goals, he’s got great skills. He’s not a typical striker, but he does score goals and he’s got a great first touch. He’s a really good player. I know Napoli had really good options last year, Higuain, Hamsik, but I was surprised that he didn’t play more.”

The manager is pleased to be welcoming Cheik Kouyate back for us saying: “I am delighted he will  be back in the squad for the game.

He did individual training on the day we played Manchester City and has trained for the last two days.

If you see the results we have played some good games without him but he is a top player and we have missed him. He can play in different positions and I rate Kouyate.”



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