Name: Moussa Djenepo
Date of Birth: 15 June 1998
Position: Winger (Left, Right), Midfielder (Attacking, Central)
Moussa Djenepo – his career so far
Even though Moussa Djenepo is still a fairly fresh signing at Southampton this season, his previous stints with other clubs and the youth pedigree he’s amassed mean he’s pretty much a known quantity at this point in his young career. Of course, that is not to say that he’s reached his upper limit, not even close, but he’s also far from an unknown youngster who’s trying to somehow break through the ranks.
But Djenepo began his career at Yeelen Olympique in Mali where he made the first footballing steps that would eventually lead him towards the Premier League. In January 2017, he was first loaned out and then later on signed permanently by Standard Liege and the young forward started making his mark on the Belgian Pro League, making big progress in his first season and then exploding even further in the 2018/19 campaign.
As a whole, he ended up playing a total of 61 games for Standard Liege, scoring 12 goals and assisting further seven, which was an excellent tally for an extremely young player coming from abroad. Not to mention that he also helped his team reach Europa League and then netted three times in five games on one of the biggest stages out there.
In the summer of 2019, he was finally scooped up by Southampton and the highly-rated winger signed a four-year deal on the south coast. His Premier League debut arrived in August, shortly after his signing, when he came on as a substitute against Liverpool in a 2:1 defeat to the Reds.
His first goal arrived in the 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion the very next game and his solo effort against Sheffield United also saw him claim the Premier League Goal of the Month for September. Needless to say, his career over in the English top-flight started off with a bang but it was also unfortunately abruptly put on hold due to the recent outbreak.
But if the early signs are anything to go by, there’s much more where that came from and Djenepo can already boast with 20 appearances for the Saints, bagging two goals and two assists along the way.
Considering that his first half-season at Southampton has been fairly good and Djenepo has managed to show some of his quality, it’s fairly safe to assume the Saints won’t be looking to part ways with him so early after his signing. And that seems like the smart thing to do at the very moment.
There aren’t any transfer rumours or transfer news suggesting otherwise nor implying other clubs are prowling around the talented 21-year-old forward, which is excellent Southampton news for their supporters.
Of course, with the state football is currently in, we can definitely expect this summer to be quite different from the others and whatever business clubs plan to make will have to be adjusted to the outside circumstances.
Djenepo is a left-winger first and foremost but can also be played as an advanced playmaker in midfield and on the opposite side of the pitch when necessary. Still, since he’s a right-footer, the young forward prefers to cut inside and then advance through the half-space when progressing the ball and attacking the defensive line.
This goes hand in hand with his great ability to recognise and exploit free pockets of space, either behind or in front of the opposition’s backline and he promptly positions himself to receive the ball in optimal scenarios.
But it’s his pace and dribbling abilities that make him a stand out wide attacker and he uses both proficiently to beat his man and then have a go at goal. Even though he favours his right foot, the 21-year-old can also be effective on his left and that makes him both unpredictable and deadly in the final third.
Due to his high work rate and stamina, he can also contribute defensively and does so regularly. The future definitely seems rather bright from the young prospect from Mali.
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