Ralph Hasenhuttl on midfielder Moussa Djenepo adapting to his formation
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Ralph Hasenhuttl on midfielder Moussa Djenepo adapting to his formation

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed that Moussa Djenepo still has a long way to go in his career, Daily Echo reported.

Djenepo is in contention to make his first start since mid-December following the injuries of Sofiana Boufal and Nathan Redmond respectively.

Hasenhuttl admitted that the Mali international has some impressive qualities but he still has to adapt to his 4-2-2-2 formation which has proven tricky for him to blend into.

“He is still a young player and has to learn a lot,” the Austrian reflected.

“He had a good impact when he came here and immediately showed that he can help us.

“In the 4-2-2-2, the number 10 position isn’t perfect for him because it’s inside and he likes to play very far outside on the line.

“In the 5-2-3 he finds it more comfortable on the wing, but we will get a feeling for him to why it’s so important to be in these gaps and why you have to wait in the pocket for the ball.

“He will get more used to it and I think he had a very good game against Liverpool. I’m still convinced he has a big future here.”

“All the guys love him because he is always positive, creating a fantastic atmosphere and is always laughing.

“He gives us a positive boost every day.”