After the summer Southampton, not many would have expected Che Adams to be the one struggling for goals and Moussa Djenepo making it look easy.
The two youngsters both joined the Saints in the transfer window, and although Adams arrived on the south coast from Birmingham City with a reputation of scoring goals for fun in the Championship, the 23-year-old is yet to find the net, whilst his Mali teammate has already netted twice in the Premier League as numbers from Transfermarkt show.
Indeed, this good form could be seen as something for Adams to be jealous of, yet the striker has recently admitted to The Southern Daily Echo that he is pleased to see Djenepo impressing early on in his Southampton career, and that the winger can become a key player for the Saints.
Adams said: “He does it in training all the time. We know what he can bring and that’s why the manager brought him into a more attacking role. From when he stepped in the door, you could see he has the ability and that’s why the club signed him.”
With the Saints hosting Bournemouth next in the Premier League, Adams’ words could be used as motivation for Djenepo to continue his impressive form in the league, and the former Birmingham striker believes that the 21-year-old attacker, who has a Transfermarkt valuation of £10.8m, has what it takes to help Southampton progress.
Adams added with: “It’s important if you’re an attacking player, you need to be able to cause opposing teams problems and he’s shown that. I think he will be a massive player for us, he’s an attacking threat, and that’s what we need. He will help us in the league.”
Djenepo has quickly formed a reputation for himself as a player who can turn the direction and flow of a game in an instance, best summarised with his wonder goal against Sheffield United last weekend, and with his attacking teammate Adams also backing him to do great things for Southampton, the Mali international could be able to carry on his good form when Bournemouth arrive at St. Mary’s.