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O’Neill Says Exciting Southampton Teen Michael Obafemi Won’t Be Committing to Ireland…Yet

O’Neill Says Exciting Southampton Teen Michael Obafemi Won’t Be Committing to Ireland…Yet

Martin O’Neill has revealed exciting teenager Michael Obafemi won’t be committing his international future to the Republic of Ireland – for the meantime, at least.

The 18-year-old striker has been earmarked as a potential start for some time now at his club Southampton, and has been training with O’Neill’s senior squad this week ahead of the Nations League match against Denmark.

Obafemi was born in Dublin, and has been capped by Ireland’s Under-19 side three times, but is also eligible to play for Nigeria, the country of his parents’ origin.

Obafemi became the second-youngest player in Southampton’s history to make a Premier League appearance when he played against Spurs, and he’ll definitely be a priority for O’Neill to try and tie down, but it seems he’ll have to wait a little longer to do so.

Speaking via JOE.co.uk, O’Neill explained: “”In terms of decisions, for tying down, I think that’s a bit of a distance off.

“He has things to think about, and I certainly won’t put pressure on him.

“If he came in, if he rushed in and said that, ‘this is what I want to do’, that’s a different issue. But I want people to want to play for us.”

To be fair to O’Neill, not rushing the lad is definitely the fair thing to do, but what do you make of the situation?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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