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Pochettino says there is more to come from Osvaldo

By | 8th January 2014

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted there is plenty more to come from Dani Osvaldo following the striker’s recent form, capped off by a sensational goal against Manchester City. The Italian’s superb 42nd-minute strike, his second in as many games, earned Southampton a deserved 1-1 with Manchester City at St Mary’s Stadium last month, and the Saints have carried their form into the new year as they currently sit in 9th place with more than half of the season gone.

After a tough start to life in the Premier League, the former Espanyol and Fiorentina forward has begun to show just why there were so many clubs chasing his signature in the summer.

The latest live football commentary has suggested that Osvaldo will be part of Italy’s World Cup next summer, where he could be in the Italian side that line-up against England in their opening Group D match in Brazil next June.

Osvaldo’s goal against City took his tally to three since becoming Saints’ record signing in the summer following his £15million move from Roma, and Pochettino has admitted he is confident the Italian is beginning to settle into English football.

“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,” said the Southampton manager.

Pochettino has led the Saints to an extremely promising first half of the season, guiding the club to a place in the top-10 in the Premier League table, prompting plenty of football betting fans to start thinking about the prospect of European football next season.

There may still be a long way to go yet this season and Pochettino won’t be letting his players get too far ahead of themselves, but the Argentine coach will be delighted by how things have gone so far this year.

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