Michael Obafemi has signed a new three and a half year deal with Premier League Southampton.
Obafemi an academy graduate at the club has put pen to paper that will see him remain till at least 2022. Obafemi made his senior debut at just 17 against Tottenham Hotspur in January 2018. He plays at striker and has been a real goal scoring machine at U18 and U23 level, he scored his first senior goal in December when the Saints beat Huddersfield 3-1. He made his Ireland debut against Denmark this season under former boss Martin O’Neill.
Speaking about his new contract Obafemi said 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. Ralph Hasenhüttl manager of Southampton said of the new deal “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.
He went on to say 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.”
It remains to be seen whether he will be given a chance next month for new boss Mick McCarthy in the qualifiers. I expect he will