Southampton has been linked with a move for AC Milan ace Jens Petter Hauge recently and if he were to move to St Mary’s this summer it could be bad news for Moussa Djenepo over his future alongside Ralph Hasenhuttl.
According to an Italian journalist Nicolo schira, Southampton and Udinese are both keen to sign the 21-year-old, who has been excluded from Stefano Pioli’s squad since the start of the year.
Hauge didn’t move to San Siro until October 2020 and had a superb start to life in Italy, contributing three goals and an assist in just five Europa League appearances for I Rossoneri, with an excellent 7.27 score for its performance.
However, he has been limited to just three Serie A starts, with the majority of his appearances coming from the bench, despite having found the back of the net twice in the Italian top flight.
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His performances this season have already earned him comparisons to Barcelona legend Lionel Messi from some AC Milan fans, so they might not be too happy to see him leave the club for Southampton this summer, even if it is on loan.
Therefore, it seems clear that Hauge has a lot of talent and would be a good addition alongside Hasenhuttl this summer, although it could cast doubt on Djenepo’s future.
The Mali international has struggled since joining Standard de Liège in the summer of 2019, with just four goals and two assists to his name in 49 appearances in all competitions.
Although he was called ‘super-talented’ by Nathan Redmond after an impressive solo goal against Sheffield United, the young winger has been far too inconsistent during his time at St Mary’s and will almost certainly be considered a flop unless that his performance does not improve significantly next season.
Therefore, the additional competition Hauge would bring would likely see Djenepo lose his starting spot to Hasenhuttl’s side, as his one-goal and no-assist return in 25 Premier League appearances this season is nowhere near enough.
And, in other news… The record holder of the Saints has a golden chance to win over Hasenhuttl, it is decisive