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Southampton are one of several Premier League teams reportedly taking an interest in Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard ahead of the summer transfer window, and if he were to join Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team, he could try be an improvement over Moussa Djenepo.
According to the Daily star, Southampton, West Ham and Leeds United will compete with Tottenham Hotspur for the 20-year-old this summer, following their impressive performances in Serie A this season.
The report suggests that the Italian team would demand around £ 15 million for the youngster, having signed him for just £ 5.2 million from Nordsjaelland last summer.
In 20 Serie A appearances this season, Damsgaard has averaged a solid 6.76 rating for Claudio Ranieri’s team, with two goals and four assists to his name.
Would Damsgaard be an improvement on Djenepo?
If he joined Southampton he would probably challenge Nathan Redmond and Djenepo for the spot indicated on the left hand side, although he has also featured as a central midfielder and forward in his career so far.
Given Djenepo’s poor performances this season, with the Mali international having barely managed one goal and no assists In 15 Premier League appearances, it is perhaps fair to suggest that Damsgaard could be an upgrade for the 22-year-old.
Djenepo has obtained a disappointing average 6.5 / 10 rating for his performances this season, and averages 0.7 shots per game, 0.3 key passes per game and only 17.1 passes per game in the top flight.
Damsgaard, meanwhile, averages 0.7 shots, 0.8 key passes and 21.5 passes per game for Sampdoria, despite having much more regularity as a substitute.
Thus, the Danish international appears to be much more of a threat up front than Djenepo, who is perhaps guilty of trying too hard at times, often fumbled while trying to dribble, and generally just doesn’t offer enough in the latter. third for Hasenhuttl.
Considering Damsgaard is younger than Djenepo and available at an affordable price, Martin Semmens should definitely try taking him to St Mary’s this summer as he seems to have a really bright future.
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