Southampton striker Michael Obafemi
says he is still adjusting to life as a professional footballer but aims
to have a long successful career.
At just the tender age of 19, Obafemi has already impressed in the
Premier League and was the first player to be born in the 2000s to earn a
senior cap for the Republic of Ireland.
The Dublin-born striker was warned by manager Ralph Hassenhuttl at the end of last year regarding his attitude at St Mary's.
Obafemi has admitted he is still learning the ropes and what it means
to be a professional footballer but he is now willing to make the
sacrifices needed to have longevity in the game.
"Being professional is something that has to be done," he was quoted
by the Irish Independent saying. "I know I'm still young and that I have
to get that right if I want to stay here. As well as that, the injuries
that I've had in the past have been a learning curve for me because it
was a difficult time. But now I'm fit and healthy and am always raring
Obafemi added: "There are a lot of pressures that come with it and a
lot of sacrifices that have to be made," he said. "I had to move away
from home, so not seeing my friends and family is a big factor. But it's
what you've got to do if you want to make it as a professional."
Injuries have hampered the youngster's form this season as he
suffered a hamstring injury against Huddersfield Town in December that
saw him ruled until February.
While the Coronavirus crisis continues, Obafemi and all players will
have time to take stock of their position in the game and the
improvements they need to make before the hopeful return to action in
the coming weeks.
- TEAMtalk media