Tuesday 20 November 2018

'He’s got unbelievable pace' - Southampton boss Mark Hughes heaps praise on new Ireland call-up Michael Obafemi

Michael Obafemi in action for Southampton. Photo: REUTERS
Michael Obafemi in action for Southampton. Photo: REUTERS
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Southampton manager Mark Hughes has said that he may use new Ireland call-up Michael Obafemi in his line-up going forward this season after the youngster made a good impression during a cameo against Man City last weekend.

The 18-year-old attacker came off the bench against the Premier League champions, with his bright 20-minute appearance his second senior game after featuring against Spurs last January.

Obafemi was named in Martin O'Neill's Ireland squad for this month's games against Northern Ireland and Denmark and his club manager had plenty of praise for the exciting prospect after his latest exploits.

"It was something I wanted to have a look at," Hughes told the Southampton club website.

"Clearly at the top end of the pitch we’ve been struggling for someone to give us a spark to set us off to score more goals and create more chances. He’s got unbelievable pace. It was important that I had a look at him in the Premier League environment because he could very well be someone we can use."

Hughes went on to say that Obafemi could be an effective impact player for Southampton, who have scored just seven goals in 11 Premier League games this season.

"Bringing on Michael late on in games as an impact sub could be something that will help us," Hughe added.

"I was pleased with what he did, he didn’t look phased by the stage he was on so that bodes well as something we can work on.

"We’ll see how he progresses. He’s been playing well in the Under-23s and getting goals so he’s deserved his chance."

Online Editors

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport