Southampton: Saints man makes superb donation to help his hometown

Southampton winger Moussa Djenepo has gone a long way to helping his hometown in Mali in the fight against the Coronavirus.

Via reports from Tom Barclay and the Daily Echo, the 21-year-old has sent £3,000 to enable essential supplies to be bought , and this adds to a recent donation of £4,000 to the Mali health ministry.

Djenepo is from a small town called Mopti and his generosity will surely go a long way to keeping many of those closest to him safe.

Recent announcements from Saints and their players also means this is not the only charitable gesture that he will be involved in.

Saints players have agreed to a 10% pay cut for the next three months to ensure the future of the club is sustained and staff can remain on full pay, whilst many are also involved in the brilliant Players Together movement that is contributing funds direct to the NHS.

Moussa Djenepo of Southampton (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

In his first season in English football so far, Djenepo has shown some moments that suggest he is a player of real potential and perhaps Saints’ new Sadio Mane.

He has the ability to beat defenders with ease, has great pace and can finish well when he has the chance.

All three components were seen in the early part of the campaign as he netted his only two goals of the season.

His goal to give Saints the lead at Brighton came after he had been on the pitch for a matter of seconds as he received a pass from Danny Ings that was sprayed out towards him on the left wing.

He controlled well and pushed forwards towards the Seagulls penalty area and stunned everyone in the stadium as he unleashed a brilliant strike that curled perfectly into the far corner.

If this was a sign of how Djenepo can score with powerful shots from long-range, then his next goal at Sheffield United was a sign of his skill on the ball.

The Malian jinked his way past multiple challenges from the opposition to get into the box and then slid a perfect finish across goal and into the far corner of the net.

One negative in his season was a red card early on in Saints’ last game versus Newcastle, but this was a game played at the end of a very hard week for him personally in which his mother passed away.

At just 21, Djenepo looks to be a great capture for Saints and he could really grow under the leadership of Ralph Hasenhuttl.