Southampton confirmed on their official website on Wednesday that they had agreed a new three-and-half year contract with teenage striker Michael Obafemi, and Saints fans were quick to react to the news on Twitter.
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— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 20, 2019
The 18-year-old made his Premier League debut for the south coast outfit last season but failed to make his first appearance in the top flight this term until a substitute outing in the 6-1 defeat against Manchester City in November – when Mark Hughes was still at the helm.
The Republic of Ireland international followed up the showing against Pep Guardiola’s side with four further appearances – scoring his first goal for the first team in the latter against Huddersfield Town, the only game he has been available for since Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed – before picking up a hamstring issue that has kept him on the sidelines since Christmas.
Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the youngster committing his future to the club, and while one said it’s the “best thing we’ve done in years”, another said “now for the love of god start him over Long”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter 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
Good job, @yan_valery next ??
— Henry Smith (@HenrySmith39) February 20, 2019
— Jay (@FatalJaay) February 20, 2019
Can’t wait to see him back on the pitch.
— Jonathan Barrett (@jonnyasbo) February 20, 2019
The lad is quality, don’t sell him
— f_rederick (@freddy_the_lad) February 20, 2019
— Myles Bowman (@myles_cb) February 20, 2019
— Together as One (@pennycotton0) February 20, 2019
Dam that’s fab news . Well done. Be nice on Sunday to see up with ings. pic.twitter.com/RdZEzFufrv
— Nick Graham (@nicksfc73) February 21, 2019
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Love this lad. Hope we can hold onto him long term. Good attitude.
— M Wilson Douglas (@mickylategate) February 20, 2019
Good lad, great future ahead of him. Fantastic news ⚪️?
— footballsocial (@footballsocial5) 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