Southampton were linked with a move for Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma recently and his superb performances in the Championship this season certainly suggest that he would be an upgrade on Moussa Djenepo if he were to make the move to St Mary’s.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were touted with an interest in the Dutch forward by Football League World back in March and, since then, the 24-year-old has been on another level to the majority of players in the Championship.
It is no surprise that his superb form has coincided with the Cherries’ best run of the season, with Jonathan Woodgate’s side having won all of their last seven Championship games, which has left them sitting comfortably in the play-off positions.
If Bournemouth fail to secure an immediate return to the top-flight this season, then you would imagine that there will be no shortage of interest in Danjuma from Premier League clubs this summer, and he could be a superb fit in Hasenhuttl’s side.
The Saints produced a superb display when they beat the Cherries 3-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals last month and may well have impressed Danjuma with their style of play. They also hold a geographical advantage over other Premier League sides as the short move to Southampton would mean that he could perhaps avoid having to relocate in terms of his residence.
Danjuma’s recent performances have certainly emphasised that he would be an upgrade on Djenepo for Southampton, as unfortunately for the young Mali international, he has struggled to contribute goals and assists again this season.
In 25 Premier League appearances this term, the 22-year-old has just one goal and no assists, which has resulted in a less than impressive 6.37 average rating from WhoScored, which is far inferior to the 7.29 averaged by Danjuma.
Jonathan Woodgate was full of praise for the Dutchman recently, saying: “I know last season that he didn’t really get a run in the Premier League and he maybe found it a bit difficult to get game time, but this season he’s been outstanding. I can only talk of what he’s done under my reign, but at the minute, he’s playing some exceptional football, and what else he is doing is working for the team.”
It seems clear that the Bournemouth ace is too good for the Championship and is ready to play in the Premier League, so Martin Semmens should do all he can to sign him for the Saints this summer.