Southampton winger Moussa Djenepo has told talkSPORT that he thinks he can be even better than Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.
Djenepo joined Southampton last summer, moving from Standard Liege. He had impressed in Belgium, notching 12 goals and seven assists in 21 games.
The winger has shown promise this season; he’s picked up two goals and two assists for Southampton, and lifted fans from their seats at times.
He is still just 21, so he has a long way to go yet. Southampton will hope for a big leap from season one to season two, and they would love him to be the new Sadio Mane.
The comparisons are easy to understand. Both players play on the left wing, both players are quick and skilful players, both players chose Southampton as their first ‘big’ moves, and they both hail from West Africa; Djenepo is from Mali, right next to Senegal.
Mane has become a star with Liverpool, and Djenepo has a lot to learn before reaching his level. In fact, Mane’s first season at Southampton saw him bag 10 goals and four assists, showing the gap.
Still, there’s a real chance for Djenepo to progress and reach that level. On Wednesday, the Saints star commented on the comparisons to Liverpool’s £30million man.
Djenepo admitted that Mane is a ‘big inspiration’ for him, but he actually thinks he can be better than Mane. That’s bold confidence from the winger, but you have to have confidence in yourself to reach those kind of levels.
“Sadio is a big inspiration for me. I like him, he’s a very big player,” said Djenepo. “But I think I can be better [than him] if I work hard. Sadio is a very big player, and I’m young and I need to learn more. In the future we will see. I will do my best to become the next Sadio Mane,” he added.