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Southampton: Ralph Hasenhuttl cannot afford for Moussa Djenepo to flop like Mohamed Elyounoussi

Southampton: Ralph Hasenhuttl cannot afford for Moussa Djenepo to flop like Mohamed Elyounoussi

This is the stuff Southampton supporters want to see.

According to Sky Sports, the south coast club have agreed a deal with Standard Liege to sign Moussa Djenepo, with the Daily Echo reporting that the 20-year-old winger is expected to cost £14m.

Out wide is certainly an area of Southampton’s squad that could do with some strengthening going into next season. In the campaign that has just gone, Nathan Redmond has been the only real natural wide player who has been consistent.

Josh Sims only really came into the frame towards the end, while Mohamed Elyounoussi has simply been unable to deliver.

Based on that, Ralph Hasenhuttl is probably in need of another winger. And the former RB Leipzig manager could do a lot worse than Djenepo.

The Mali international, whose best position is out on the left, is quick, can carry the ball and knows how to ride a challenge.

He reached double figures for goals in all competitions in the recently concluded season, netting three times in the Europa League, displaying the sort of attacking threat Southampton need to add to their squad.

At 20 and moving to a new league, it could take some time before Djenepo really starts to make an impact at St. Mary’s.

How long Southampton can afford to wait remains to be seen. But one thing that is certain is that they cannot afford for Djenepo to go down the same path as the likes of Elyounoussi and Sofiane Boufal.

Southampton fans, how excited are you about Djenepo’s imminent arrival? Let us know in the comment section below!

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