Ireland U19 striker Michael Obafemi keen for more chances
Obafemi became first player born in this century to play a Premier League match
Southampton striker Michael Obafemi in action during the Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Republic of Ireland under-19 striker Michael Obafemi is eager to kick on after becoming the first player born after the year 2000 to feature for the club in a Premier League match.
The 17-year-old, who was born in Dublin to Nigerian parents before moving at a young age to England, came off the bench for Southampton in Sunday’s Premier League draw with Tottenham.
Obafemi missed a glorious opportunity to grab the winner shortly after coming on at St Mary’s, admitting afterwards he used the wrong foot when he side-footed wide of the goal.
“When the chance came, I should have used my left foot but I hope I will get another opportunity to prove I can make it at this level,” said Obafemi, who has scored nine goals in 11 games for Southampton in the under-18 Premier League.
“I was nervous but the welcome from the supporters was brilliant and the senior guys told me to just relax and prove myself. I want to move on from here and keep working hard.”
“I can’t stop here, this is just the start of what I hope is my career.”