Following Ralph Hasenhuttl’s confirmation that Nathan Redmond could miss the next 2-3 weeks with the injury that he picked up against Fulham in midweek, you would think that there would be a chance for someone else to take full advantage.
Well, Danny Ings has already made three Premier League appearances this term – two of them being starts – so he doesn’t really need to take advantage.
Aside from the former Liverpool striker, the Saints have 32-year-old Shane Long who could potentially step in, although with Hasenhuttl a fan of playing young players such as Yan Valery, we feel that the 19-year-old forward Michael Obafemi would’ve been firmly in his thinking.
The teenager started the midweek win over Fulham and scored the game’s only goal, courtesy of a Redmond assist, and was chosen ahead of Long which suggests that the academy graduate is ahead of the Irishman in the pecking order now.
With Redmond missing for at least two weeks, Obafemi would presumably have been licking his lips at the prospect of filling in for the former Birmingham man in the Premier League.
The teen seemingly had the chance to take advantage of Redmond’s absence with the visit of Manchester United on Saturday, but he will miss it himself with a touch of cramp.
No bother, right? Doesn’t he have a few more games to deputise before Redmond’s return?
Unfortunately for Obafemi, whilst his cramp only looks set to rule him out for a single game, he will not get the chance to impress in Redmond’s absence as a two-week long international break follows the match against the Red Devils, by which time Redmond will most likely be back fit and in contention for a start.
Whilst the Saints as a whole will be glad to see a key player not miss too many games, Obafemi could quite rightfully be gutted with the timing of this international break purely for selfish reasons.