By Matt Farr
Everton fans were left raging on Twitter after Manolo Gabbiadini continued his goalscoring run for Southampton on Sunday.
The 25-year-old was linked with a move to Everton last month, but he instead signed for Southampton in a reported £15million deal.
He had also been reportedly subject to an approach from the Toffees in the summer, with a £21million offer believed to have been rejected by Napoli.
Gabbiadini ran riot for Southampton during their EFL Cup Final clash with Manchester United, netting twice for the Saints.
But his impressive performance was not enough to secure a precious victory for Southampton, and see them to their first major title since their 1976 FA Cup triumph.
The Italy international has now hit the back of the net five times since arriving at the club at the end of January, and Everton fans on Twitter were left irritated to have missed out on the goalscorer.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Always knew we'd end up regretting not getting Gabbiadini
— Everton1878 (@EvertonEFC1878) February 26, 2017
For the umpteenth consecutive week…@Everton missed a trick not signing Gabbiadini.
— Xenophon Law (@TheXentertainer) February 26, 2017
Everton have made a very bad mistake in not signing gabbiadini we really have Valencia is absolute atrocious
— soph (@SophGallagher4) February 26, 2017
Nice of Everton to allow Gabbiadini to go to Southampton to gain some experience before signing him this summer.
— Mark (@LowerGwladysLad) February 26, 2017
So it's looking early on like we've missed out on a player in not signing Gabbiadini. He's not the first and won't be the last.
— Everton Aren't We (@EvertonArentWe) February 26, 2017
Gabbiadini deserved better, he deserved Everton… ????
— Alex Hives (@AlexHives) February 26, 2017
That Gabbiadini is class, shame we didn't sort that one
— Everton Away (@EvertonAway_) February 26, 2017
I will keep saying this, I get so pissed everytime I see Gabbiadini scoring for an English side that isn't Everton. Unreal player
— Ilyas Mohamed (@HowDamnGoodAmI) February 26, 2017
Everton fans have not been short of reasons to be cheerful in front of goal this season, due to the exploits of Romelu Lukaku.
However, aside from the Belgium international, Ronald Koeman does not have any top-quality goalscoring options at his disposal, and fans believe Gabbiadini could have been a real asset.
Gabbiadini also had a goal disallowed for offside in the defeat on Sunday, but replays showed the goal should have stood; and had it been allowed, could have changed the complexion of the game.