Radhi Jaidi comments on Southampton's breakthrough star Michael Obafemi

Southampton Lead Under-23 Coach Radhi Jaidi  during the Premier League 2 match between Newcastle United and Southampton at Whitley Park on February 19, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Michael Obafemi made his second Premier League appearance in Southampton's 6-1 thrashing at Manchester City and has been called up to the ROI squad.

Michael Obafemi of Southampton in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

What a week it’s been for Michael Obafemi.

The 18-year-old striker made only his second Premier League appearance for Southampton off the bench against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and has now been rewarded with his first ever call-up to the senior Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming fixtures against Northern Ireland and Denmark.

And, speaking to the club’s official website, Saints’ U23 coach Radhi Jaidi has admitted that he’s been blown away by Obafemi’s outstanding form over the last few months.

 

“I'm really pleased for Michael [Obafemi] this week, he's made a terrific start to the season and deserves recognition,” Jaidi said of the former Arsenal and Watford youngster.

"We'll keep chasing our overall aims, which is pushing players towards the first team.”

Southampton Lead Under-23 Coach Radhi Jaidi  during the Premier League 2 match between Newcastle United and Southampton at Whitley Park on February 19, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Obafemi scored nine times in 14 games for Southampton’s U18s last season and has made the step up to the U23s with ease in recent months, hitting the back of the net on four occasions already.

With Southampton fans worrying that they have lost their identity due to the recent dearth of academy prospects emerging onto the first-team stage, Obafemi's rapid rise certainly gives them something to feel positive about.

And the teenager can expect to get a few more opportunities with Shane Long, Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini all struggling for goals.

Michael Obafemi during a Southampton FC training session at St. Mary's Stadium on November 8, 2018 in Southampton, England.

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