Michael Obafemi
Personal information
Full name Michael Oluwadurotimi Obafemi[1]
Date of birth (2000-07-06) 6 July 2000 (age 22)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Swansea City
Number 9
Youth career
2009–2010 Ryan[3][4]
2010–2012 Chelsea[3]
2012–2014 Arsenal[3]
2014–2015 Watford[3][4]
2015–2016 Leyton Orient[3][4]
2016–2018 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2021 Southampton 32 (4)
2021– Swansea City 34 (12)
National team
2017–2018 Republic of Ireland U19 3 (1)
2019–2020 Republic of Ireland U21 5 (0)
2018– Republic of Ireland 4 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:50, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 17:59, 11 June 2022 (UTC)

Michael Oluwadurotimi Obafemi (born 6 July 2000) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a striker for EFL Championship club Swansea City and the Republic of Ireland national team.

Early life

Obafemi was born in Dublin to Nigerian parents. His family moved to England and he was raised in the London area.[4] His older brother Afolabi Obafemi is also a footballer.[3]

Club career

Obafemi was released by Watford prior to his 14th birthday in 2014. He took a year out of the game before joining Leyton Orient in 2015, moving on to Southampton in 2016.[5]

Southampton

Obafemi made his professional debut for Southampton as a substitute in the 82nd minute of a 1–1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on 21 January 2018.[6] Aged 17 years and 199 days, Obafemi became the second youngest player to make a Premier League appearance for Southampton after Luke Shaw, who was 17 years and 116 days old.[7]

He scored his first professional goal with the third goal in a 3–1 victory at Huddersfield on 22 December 2018; at 18 years and 169 days old, he became Southampton's youngest scorer in the Premier League.[8]

Swansea City

On 31 August 2021, Obafemi joined Swansea City for a fee reported to be between £1.5 and £2 million, signing a three-year contract.[9] On 23 October 2021, Obafemi scored his first goal for Swansea in their 2–1 defeat to Birmingham City.[10]

International career

Obafemi was eligible to represent England, Nigeria, and the Republic of Ireland.[11] In November 2018 he committed to the Republic of Ireland.[12]

Obafemi represented the Republic of Ireland at under-19 level, debuting during the 2019 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification campaign.[13]

On 6 November 2018, Obafemi was named in the senior Republic of Ireland squad for the first time for the friendly against Northern Ireland on 15 November and the UEFA Nations League match against Denmark on 19 November 2018.[14][15] He came on as a substitute in the second half of the 0–0 draw against Denmark to make his debut.[16] He also became the first player born in the 2000s to win a senior cap for Ireland.[17] Obafemi made his debut for the Republic of Ireland under-21 team on 10 October 2019, coming off the bench, in a 0–0 draw with Italy under-21s at Tallaght Stadium.[18]

On 11 June 2022, he made his first international start at senior level, in a UEFA Nations League match against Scotland, providing one assist (for Troy Parrott) and scoring his first goal, before a groin strain saw Obafemi substituted five minutes after scoring, being replaced by Scott Hogan.[19][20]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 7 May 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Southampton 2017–18[21] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2018–19[22] Premier League 6 1 0 0 1 0 7 1
2019–20[23] Premier League 21 3 2 0 2 1 25 4
2020–21[24] Premier League 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
2021–22[25] Premier League 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 32 4 2 0 5 1 0 0 39 5
Swansea City 2021–22[25] Championship 32 12 1 0 0 0 33 12
Career total 64 16 3 0 5 1 0 0 72 17

International

As of match played 11 June 2022[26]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Republic of Ireland 2018 1 0
2019 0 0
2020 0 0
2021 0 0
2022 3 1
Total 4 1


List of international goals scored by Michael Obafemi
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 June 2022 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Scotland 3–0 3–0 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B

References

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs publish 2019/20 retained lists". Premier League. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  2. ^ "First team profiles: Michael Obafemi". Southampton F.C. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Former Ryan FC player Michael Obafemi makes Premier League debut". Ryan FC. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Aidan Fitzmaurice (21 January 2018). "'I can't stop here' - Irish youngster makes his Premier League debut...and now he wants more". Independent.ie. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  5. ^ Anka, Carl (2 September 2019). "Two London boys trying to make their mark on the south coast – meet Ramsay and Obafemi". The Athletic. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  6. ^ Paul Fennessy. "17-year-old Irish striker makes debut in Southampton's Premier League clash". The42. Journal Media. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  7. ^ Henson, Mike (21 January 2018). "Southampton 1–1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  8. ^ Oscroft, Tim (22 December 2018). "Huddersfield Town 1 Southampton 3". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Michael Obafemi: Swansea City sign Southampton and Republic of Ireland striker". BBC Sport. 31 August 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  10. ^ Vincent, Gareth (23 October 2021). "Birmingham City 2–1 Swansea City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Michael Obafemi: Martin O'Neill won't rush Southampton player to make international decision". BBC Sport. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Michael Obafemi: Southampton starlet commits to the Republic of Ireland". BBC Sport. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  13. ^ Michael ObafemiUEFA competition record (archive)
  14. ^ Paul Fennessy (6 November 2018). "18-year-old Southampton striker earns praise after first Ireland call-up". The42. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  15. ^ Ben Blake (6 November 2018). "Nigerian-eligible Southampton teenager among four new call-ups in Ireland squad". The42. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0". BBC Sport. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  17. ^ Paul Dollery (19 November 2018). "Proud Obafemi 'never had any doubts' about representing Ireland". The42. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  18. ^ "'Michael got the crowd on the edge of their seats, he was running 70 yards with the ball'". The 42. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  19. ^ Brewin, John (11 June 2022). "Ireland 3-0 Scotland: minute-by-minute". www.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  20. ^ Gault, Matt (11 June 2022). "Republic of Ireland 3 Scotland 0". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  21. ^ "Games played by Michael Obafemi in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  22. ^ "Games played by Michael Obafemi in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Games played by Michael Obafemi in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  24. ^ "Games played by Michael Obafemi in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Michael Obafemi in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  26. ^ "Obafemi, Michael". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

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