Ian Wright says Southampton star has the potential to be 'amazing'

Sam Preston November 11, 2020
Ian Wright says Southampton star has the potential to be 'amazing'
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Southampton briefly went top of the Premier League at the weekend after a 2-0 victory over Newcastle.

That earned them serious praise from Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright on the Wrighty’s House podcast (37 mins).

Moussa Djenepo played against the Magpies – a first Premier League appearance in four games – and Wright highlighted him as an example that the Saints’ recruitment model is back to its very best.

He namechecked a host of former players who have gone on to ‘greatness’ and feels the 22-year-old could have a very bright future indeed.

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“They seem to have got back to the signings,” said Wright. “They lost it a bit under Puel and Mark Hughes. They got into a mode of survival.

“They want away from their mantra of signing the van Dijks, selling on the Chamberlains, Theo (Walcott), Gareth Bale – all the greatness that has come through the club.

“It’s going back that way. I think Djenepo could be amazing. The emergence of Ward-Prowse. Danny Ings is going to get even better, he’s got all the attributes.”

Southampton sit fourth in the Premier League table with eight games played and Wright is correct to say it feels like the club is back to what made it a successful top flight force for much of the decade.

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At 22, Djenepo has plenty of time to improve. He hasn’t quite set the Premier League alight yet but his pace and trickery is clear to see.

In terms of wingers, you’ve only got to look back through the names Wright mentioned for inspiration.

Sadio Mane can be added to that list as well. Djenepo has to produce a consistent Premier League period for starters.

But Wright has made it clear how highly he rates him with his comments.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.