Mark Hughes hopes Michael Obafemi could provide a different option for his Southampton front line after seeing him in action against Manchester City in the Premier League.
The 18-year-old’s impressive form for the Under-23s earned him a place on the bench for the visit to the reigning champions.
And he was introduced on 73 minutes in place of James Ward-Prowse for a second senior appearance, following his debut against Tottenham Hotspur in January.
“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 said.
“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.”