Hughes reflects on good week for Obafemi

By SFC Media Fri 09 Nov First team
Photo by Matt Watson | Michael Obafemi

Mark Hughes has reflected on a positive week for teenage striker Michael Obafemi, following his appearance at Manchester City.

The 18-year-old was introduced as a second-half substitute at Etihad Stadium, earning a second senior outing for the club, after making his Premier League debut at home to Tottenham last season.

he's got blinding pace. the fact he was able to have an effect against a very good team augurs well.

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Obafemi followed last weekend's appearance with a first call-up to the Republic of Ireland's senior provisional squad, ahead of their games against Northern Ireland and Denmark this month.

Hughes, who brought the forward into the fold last week and has kept him involved in training ahead of the Premier League game against Watford, said: "He's had a good week. He's had an international call-up, and we'll see where he goes with that. 

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"Obviously, he's got a couple of options. I'm not sure whether or not he's made a definitive decision in terms of where he feels his international future lies, but it's good recognition for how well he's done and obviously being able to give him an opportunity – I wanted him on the bench to see if at some point against a very good Man City side can I put him on and can he deal with that scenario and situation.

"I have to say he coped with it really, really well, he's got blinding pace as well, which we haven't got a great deal of in the team, so the fact he was able to come on and look like he enjoyed the experience and had an effect on a very good team that augurs well for the future for us and for him."

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