According to reports in Belgium, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen on a £20m move for Standard Liege starlet Moussa Djenepo having been impressed with the winger’s exploits this campaign.
With 11 goals and six assists to his name in 39 appearances across all competitions, the 20-year-old has surely won plenty of admirers all over Europe, so the Saints could have their work cut out bringing him across the channel in the coming months.
Austrian Hasenhuttl’s desire to bring through and develop younger players has been evident in his tutelage of Yan Valery, Josh Sims and Michael Obafemi this season; Djenepo could benefit in a similar way should he decide to trade the Jupiler Pro League for the English top flight.
A versatile player but predominantly a left-winger, Malian Djenepo’s arrival at St Mary’s Stadium for a reported £20m could spell the end of Moi Elyounoussi’s time at the club, with the Norwegian having had a dismal first season in red and white. Below, Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts on what Djenepo signing for Saints could mean for 24-year-old Elyounoussi…
“That move wouldn’t spell the end for Elyounoussi, because the Norwegian has already sealed his own fate. His performance against West Ham was the final straw, as he failed to take the opportunity he was given by Ralph Hasenhuttl. In terms of Djenepo, he is a youngster who is still raw and isn’t proven in a top European league, but Saints fans would rather have him in the XI than the constantly ineffectual Norwegian.”
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“It should. Elyounoussi has never been good enough for Southampton and, while Djenepo is something of an unknown quantity, there is no point in keeping the Norwegian at the club if the Mali international finds his way to St Mary’s. In 19 games, Elyounoussi has not scored or laid on an assist for the club. Bomb him out this summer and hope Djenepo offers more of a threat further forward; really, he can’t be much worse.”
“Mohamed Elyounoussi has been an incredibly underwhelming signing for Southampton and the writing may well be on the wall regardless of whether they sign Moussa Djenepo. The 20-year-old prospect would add some extra competition in attacking midfield and that certainly won’t aid the struggling Norwegian in his endeavour to transform his career. Either way, Hasenhuttl has a massive decision to make on Elyounoussi this summer and Southampton’s interest in Djenepo could be a sign that the wheels are already in motion for his departure.”