Sunday 20 October 2019

'It's a good day' - Irish striker Michael Obafemi signs new three-and-a-half year deal with Southampton

Michael Obafemi. Credit:
Michael Obafemi. Credit:

Republic of Ireland striker Michael Obafemi has signed a new deal at Southampton which runs until 2022.

The 18-year-old has made seven first team appearances for the Saints this season after impressing for their youth sides since moving to St Mary's from Leyton Orient in 2016.

He made his senior debut as a 17-year-old at home to Tottenham Hotspur, in January 2018 – becoming the second-youngest player to feature for the club in the Premier League – and this season has realised even more of his potential, establishing himself as an important part of the first-team squad under new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.

He netted his first senior goal in December's 3-1 win at Huddersfield and has also made his international debut.

Obafemi commented: “It's a good day. I'm happy that it's done and now I'm looking to move forward.

“I'll always be thankful to the club for sticking by me, and I just want to show everyone what I've got.

“I'm determined to show the fans and everyone at the club why I've been given a three-and-a-half-year deal."

Hasenhüttl said: “Young players like Michael represent a big part of the future of Southampton, so this is an important day for him and also for the club.

“Already, he has shown to me he can have a big impact in our games and, with the right guidance and also with the right approach from him, I think this influence will increase.

“This is a big day for Michael, but I think what is most important now is that he realises this is the start for him, and that he must use this as a base to make the next steps in his development.

“There is still a great amount of potential for Michael to fulfil and a lot for him to achieve, and this is the best place for him to do it, so he must focus on working as hard and professionally as possible to make sure he becomes the player I believe he can be.”

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