Nathan Redmond has heaped praise on summer signing Moussa Djenepo, claiming that the Mali international is a “very, very good kid”.
Southampton’s season has not gotten off to the best of starts, with the club languishing second-from-bottom in the Premier League after 12 games, having won just two of those matches.
The Hampshire club now find themselves effectively four points from safety due to their woeful goal difference, with upcoming matches against Watford, Norwich City, Newcastle United and West Ham United absolutely vital for their chances of survival this term.
However, Redmond has said that having the “bright and bubbly” Djenepo around the changing rooms has given the team a boost.
The 21-year-old wide-man, who Saints signed from Standard Liege in the summer, has looked incredibly sharp this season – scoring two hugely important goals against Brighton and Sheffield United earlier in the campaign.
“He is bright, bubbly and doesn’t take himself too seriously – he’s a kid, to be honest,” said Redmond, speaking with the Daily Echo.
“He is a super-talented boy who is so open-minded and eager to learn every single day. He gets on well with everybody and has fitted in so well.
“I think that’s allowed to be free and almost naive when he gets the ball because he wants to go and show people what he’s got which helps us out as a team.”
“He is off his head. It doesn’t matter if it’s nine o’clock at night, the kid is nuts in a good way.
“He’s fantastic to have around the dressing room and when he was injured he still had that same mentality.
“I don’t think he takes anything for granted and we all congratulated him when he came back against Manchester City. When he is fit and healthy, it’s a real bonus for us.”
Djenepo has been the one shining light during an extremely dark period for Southampton this season. He has looked positive when introduced to the fold, especially against Manchester City a fortnight ago where he really ran at the Citizens defence after coming off the bench.
When he was out injured the club missed him dearly, but now he is back to full fitness, hopefully he will be able to provide some joy against the Saints’ relegation rivals after the international break.
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