Michel Preud’homme can just feel free to breathe thanks to a convincing 1-3 victory on the field of Oostende. Djenepo (2 times) and Emond were the kustjongens in check.
For more than a month were the team from liège without a victory. All with peace of heart drew Standard so certainly not in the direction of Ostend. Michel Preud’homme kept the faith in Christian Luyindama, opted for three central midfielders (Marin, Cimirot and Agbo), but the decisive factor proved to be the basic place of Moussa Djenepo. That speed train from Mali with cheeky facial expression with his fourth goal in three matches the difference.
“It is a player who is indeed the last time often scores”, began Preud’homme. “It is a pity that I him Wednesday in the bekermatch against Knokke is not there, because with all those chances he had a few scored. Unfortunately, he was suspended.”
Diamond in the rough
The 20-year-old Djenepo is a diamond in the rough. Though there is already a lot of grinding work to carry out since he is in January 2017, happened of Yeelen FC, the club of former Seville striker, Frédéric Kanouté. On the last day of last season, he was in Ostend for the turnaround as Standard in the abyss of Play-off 2 looked. The 2-0 gap in the peace and quiet was a 2-3 victory, thanks to a goal from Djenepo.
Meanwhile, he played two international matches for Mali, he was longlisted for the prestigious Golden Boy prize, and he knows more and more rest in his actions. Preud’homme: “It is a young player with quality, mentality and a lot of speed. He is still in control in the finish. It is something where we have daily with him to work on training. In the beginning it was a little bit of everything for the goal. In Anderlecht he did it all perfectly, and even today he worked just as it should. We are very pleased with his progress.”
Also his teammates can see the evolution in Djenepo. “We know what he can do,” said Mehdi Carcela. “He is growing in this team and see you back in the contests. He now makes the goals, and that is the only thing wrong with us this season.”
The Moroccan, who is in the point played, recognizes in the wing tips and even a bit of Junior Edmilson, the Brazilian with whom he last season’s play-off 1 on a pile of played. “We can do that duo re-forms. He makes it clear: the goals, the technique, he knows you in the foot, and in depth to play. Moussa gives the team at least more options. His development is also good for me, maybe I’ll get some more space.”
Djenepo self (for now) prefer to his feet to speak. Only in the Walloon tv-colleagues of MTO he walked by recently. “I am very happy with my performance today,” was the shy. “It is good to the team, to help and to get the three points to take home. I am also glad that Emond the penalty is scored. Tout le monde est content. We were to come here for the three points, and the team virtue. It motivates me to be the last time the clubtopschutter. I want this team to help, so I am very satisfied.”