MOUSSA Djenepo “still has a lot to learn”, according to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

With Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond injured, Djenepo’s in line to start his first game at St Mary’s since mid-December.

Hasenhuttl suggested that the Mali international is still getting to grips with his preferred 4-2-2-2 formation.

“He is still a young player and has to learn a lot,” the Austrian reflected.

“He had a good impact when he came here and immediately showed that he can help us.

“In the 4-2-2-2, the number 10 position isn’t perfect for him because it’s inside and he likes to play very far outside on the line.

“In the 5-2-3 he finds it more comfortable on the wing, but we will get a feeling for him to why it’s so important to be in these gaps and why you have to wait in the pocket for the ball.

“He will get more used to it and I think he had a very good game against Liverpool. I’m still convinced he has a big future here.”

Djenepo’s career at Saints started with a bang, thanks to goals against Brighton and Sheffield United.

However, he hasn’t scored since September.

His campaign has been interrupted with injuries - the main one being to a tendon in his thigh - that have halted his development.

In spite of this, the winger has remained an influential figure behind the scenes at Staplewood.

Asked how he’s progressed in recent weeks, Hasenhuttl said: “He had to learn to play against the ball a lot and I think he did this.

“All the guys love him because he is always positive, creating a fantastic atmosphere and is always laughing.

“He gives us a positive boost every day.”