Ashley Williams exclusive: Graziano Pelle will be a threat

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Having known little about Graziano Pelle before last weekend Ashley Williams is now fully aware of the threat he poses, as he gears up for the weekend game with Southampton.

Swansea City welcome the south coast side to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways following last weekend's 4-2 defeat to Chelsea.

Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, Williams said: "I honestly didn't know too much about him before this week but I've had all the footage and obviously I've done my research."

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Pelle has made a great start

Since joining the St Mary's club from Feyenoord for £8 million in the summer Pelle has really hit the ground running.

Having scored his first goal in the 3-1 away win at West Ham, the 29-year-old followed that up with a brace in his side's 4-0 win against Newcastle United last weekend.

The Italian ran Newcastle defenders Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini ragged as Southampton destroyed the North East side.

Swansea captain Williams is now fully up to speed with the threat that Pelle possess, saying: "He’s a big old boy, so its going to be a tough game, he looks very good to be fair so you know, we will see what it’s all about on Saturday."

Williams wants to keep home form going

Gary Monk's side have made a fantastic start to the season picking up nine points from a possible 12.

At the Liberty Stadium they have been faultless, picking up six points without conceding a goal and Williams is hopeful of keeping that run going on Saturday afternoon.

He said: "We are at home, we haven't conceded a goal yet and we want to keep that for as long as possible. We definitely want to win the game and thats all we are going for."

However the Wales international is wary of the threat that Ronald Koeman's side possess: "We understand that Southampton are a team playing full of confidence at the minute and probably feel that they can come and get a win in our place.

"We know it's going to be a difficult game, they've made some good signings as well in the summer, so its a game that I’m looking forward to, hopefully producing a good game."

With both teams attempting to play a passing game it is sure to be an exciting encounter in south Wales as both sides aim to continue their impressive starts to the season.

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