The 18-year-old has signed a deal with the Premier League club until 2022.
Southampton have announced that teenage striker Michael Obafemi has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the club.
The Irishman joined the club from Leyton Orient in 2016 and made his senior debut as a 17-year-old at home to Tottenham Hotspur in January last year, becoming the second-youngest player to feature for the Saints in the Premier League.
Obafemi has since established himself as an important member of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first-team squad this season and scored his first senior goal in the 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town on December 18.
The 18-year-old has played seven times for the south coast club during the current campaign and made his senior debut for Republic of Ireland in November’s goalless draw with Denmark in the Nations League.
“It’s a good day. I’m happy that it’s done and now I’m looking to move forward,” Obafemi told the official club website on Wednesday.
“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.”
After the announcement was made, Southampton fans took to Twitter to express their opinions on Obafemi’s new deal – here is some of the reaction:
Congrats @michaelobafemi_ hard work pays off! Looking forward to watch you running over the Gunners, Manu & Spurs the coming weeks!— Swiss Saints (@Gion_Swiss) February 20, 2019
The lad is quality, don’t sell him— f_rederick (@freddy_the_lad) February 20, 2019
Love this lad. Hope we can hold onto him long term. Good attitude.— M Wilson Douglas (@mickylategate) February 20, 2019
Best thing we’ve done in years lads— • (@slikycesc) February 20, 2019
Now for the love of god start him over Long— Joe Bartlett Ⓥ (@Bartjblett) February 20, 2019
We are so proud of this one …. what a journey Mikey— nicki secker (@nickisecker27) February 20, 2019
Obafemi has been out of action since December but, according to the Daily Echo, is in line to make his return from injury on Sunday against Arsenal alongside Stuart Armstrong.