NATHAN Redmond hailed the impact “super-talented” Moussa Djenepo has made in such a short space of time.

Djenepo, who joined Saints from Standard Liege for £14m in summer, has quickly become a beacon of hope for supporters.

His goals against Brighton and Sheffield United have been crucial to keeping the St Mary’s side near their fellow relegation rivals.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Redmond highlighted the Mali international’s importance, saying: “He is a very, very good kid.

“He is bright, bubbly and doesn’t take himself too seriously – he’s a kid to be honest.

“He is a super-talented boy who is so open-minded and eager to learn every single day. He gets on well with everybody and has fitted in so well.

“I think that’s allowed to be free and almost naïve when he gets the ball because he wants to go and show people what he’s got which helps us out as a team.”

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl often discusses the joy Djenepo brings to training with his positive attitude.

His exuberance is one of the reasons why Hasenhuttl was delighted to see the winger return from injury after a long period out of the side.

And it isn’t just the Saints boss who has warmed to Djenepo, with Redmond revealing it didn’t take long for the 21-year-old to win over the club’s players.

Redmond added: “He is one of the boys you’d see in the dressing room, even if it was at six o’clock in the morning, he’d be there with a smile on his face saying, ‘Hello, my friend’.

“He is off his head. It doesn’t matter if it’s nine o’clock at night, the kid is nuts in a good way.

“He’s fantastic to have around the dressing room and when he was injured he still had that same mentality.

“I don’t think he takes anything for granted and we all congratulated him when he came back against Manchester City. When he is fit and healthy, it’s a real bonus for us.”

Although their position in the league suggests Saints are in for another long campaign, there is hope that the attacking players, including Redmond, can start firing on all cylinders.

And Redmond, who ended last season as the club’s top scorer, believes it’s crucial the St Mary’s outfit find the right balance to allow for a more attractive brand of football.

“You’ve got me, him [Djenepo], Sofiane and Ingsy in there as well,” continued Redmond.

“You’ve got a lot of talent and I think sometimes we forget that because of the hard work and discipline that we are doing at the other end of the pitch.

“I think we’ve got to find the right balance of doing that and making sure our attacking players can go up the other end of the park and have an impact on the game.”