Southampton legend Terry Paine has backed new summer signing Moussa Djenepo to quickly become a fan favourite at St Mary’s Stadium following his arrival from Belgian side Standard Liege.
Having become manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first capture of both the summer and since he arrived at the club given our lack of strengthening in the January transfer window, 21-year-old Djenepo arrives incredibly highly rated and fans are already looking forward to seeing him in action as we look to rebuild the side and return to enjoying better days in the Premier League.
Our former winger was on pundit duty last week for South African television side Supersport and he had the perfect chance to cast his eye over our new signing as he took in the Africa Cup of Nations clash between Mali and Mauritania.
The Daily Echo have Paine talking about how impressed he was with the performance of our £14million buy.
“I was impressed, the first impressions were very good. Of course, you have to take the opposition into account. Mauritania are a long way off Premier League standard, this is their first venture into the AFCON. But he clearly knows his job. He tracks back and does his defensive duties as well as being a threat going forward. He’s got two good feet which is so important as a wide player. He can keep the full-back guessing whether he’s going to go left or right as he looks happy pushing off either. He comes off his line nicely to join in with a drop off the shoulder and isn’t afraid to get a shot away with his right foot when he cuts inside.”
Paine went on to say he was obviously pretty pacey and whilst he’s still young and raw, at least in his eyes he’d been coached well to his strengths and although fans will need to give him time to settle in at the club and to the Premier League level and the more natural rounding of his game, he felt there were big things in store from the lad.
“I can see him becoming a fans’ favourite but it may take him time to adapt to the Premier League as we have to remember he’s only just 21.”