On Wednesday morning, Sky Sports broke the news that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton have agreed a deal to sign speedy Standard Liege winger Moussa Djenepo.
No fee was reported by the outlet but what we do know is that the 20-year-old will undergo a medical in Paris next week and should obtain his work permit in the next seven days.
Djenepo is a quick, tricky winger whose preferred position is out on the left flank but can play anywhere across the attack.
The starlet comes from the humble beginnings of Yeelen Olympique in his native Mali and made the big move to Europe in early summer 2017, not looking back since and now seemingly earning himself a switch to the promised land of the Premier League. He has been capped eight times by the Mali national team.
Djenepo can’t afford to think that he’s made it now by getting such a huge transfer and needs to work hard on a number of facets of his game to avoid becoming the next Mohamed Elyounoussi.
He arrives to a demanding manager on the south coast and one who will be hoping he’s of the standard to replace Elyounoussi, who endured a disastrous first campaign after arriving last summer.
Very much in the same way that Nathan Redmond has transformed since Hasenhutt’s arrival at St. Mary’s, Djenepo will need to evolve to the Austrian’s way of playing.
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The modern gaffer will want the former UEFA Europa League star to get quicker and learn to press the ball high out on the flanks with aggression. The attacker also must work on his goal tally as he’ll be expected to score more than seven league goals next campaign.
However, if he can do the right things and follow in the footsteps of Redmond in reaching that next level, there’s no reason why Djenepo shouldn’t blossom with the Saints and avoid flopping in Eyounoussi fashion, taking the Premier League by storm.