Grateful Obafemi keen to kick on after Southampton debut

22 Jan, 2018 9:48 am

LONDON (Reuters) – Southampton forward 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 made his league debut in Sunday’s 1-1 home draw with Tottenham Hotspur. He came off the bench in the 82nd minute and missed a glorious opportunity to grab the winner shortly after.

“I am very thankful to all the staff and club for helping to make this happen,” Obafemi told the club’s website. (

”I can’t stop here, this is just the start of what I hope is my career. 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.

“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.”

Southampton are winless in 11 consecutive league games and sit 18th in the table.

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