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Southampton's Hughes lauds Michael Obafemi’s impact in Man City loss

10:23 PM IST 05/11/18
Aymeric Laporte, Michael Obafemi - Manchester City vs. Southampton
The 18-year-old got his second senior appearance for the Saints against the reigning Premier League champions

Southampton manager Mark Hughes has praised Michael Obafemi for his performance against Manchester City in their 6-1 loss on Saturday.

The attacker who has scored four goals this season for the club’s under 23 side was afforded his second senior appearances, replacing James Ward-Prowse in the 73rd minute and put in a decent showing.

And Hughes, delighted with the impact of the forward is confident that the youngster will give him more options in attack.

“It was something I wanted to have a look at. Clearly at the top end of the pitch we’ve been struggling for someone to give us a spark to set us off to score more goals and create more chances,” Hughes told club website.

“He’s got unbelievable pace. It was important that I had a look at him in the Premier League environment because he could very well be someone we can use.

“Bringing on Michael late on in games as an impact sub could be something that will help us. I was pleased with what he did, he didn’t look phased by the stage he was on so that bodes well as something we can work on.

“We’ll see how he progresses. He’s been playing well in the Under-23s and getting goals so he’s deserved his chance.”

Southampton are winless in their last four games and has seen them drop to the 16thh spot in the log with seven points from 11 games.

They will be hoping to halt the poor run when they host Watford at St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday with Obafemi expected to get another opportunity to impress.