Hughes: Obafemi could get more minutes

By SFC Media Tue 27 Nov
Photo by James Bridle | Michael Obafemi

Mark Hughes is considering giving young striker Michael Obafemi a longer run-out in Tuesday night's Carabao Cup tie at Leicester City.

The 18-year-old has made three appearances off the bench this season in the Premier League, most recently at Fulham, when he came close to snatching a vital equaliser on Saturday.

Hughes plans to make changes to the side that started at Craven Cottage, to give other players the chance to prove themselves, and Obafemi could see some additional minutes.

"I think he's in a good place at the moment," said the Saints boss. "I thought he came on against Fulham and got a couple of shots off and was a little bit unfortunate, but that's what he can do – he's a livewire, he's got a lot of pace, and that always upsets teams late on in games.

it's another opportunity for other guys to come in and show what they can do.

mark hughes
southampton manager

"That was the thinking behind bringing him on, so he probably will get a little bit more game time."

Whichever team advances from the game at King Power Stadium will host Manchester City in the last eight of the competition, with Hughes keen to make sure his team's progress in the cup doesn't end here.

"We want to keep in the competition," he said. "It's been good to us at the moment.

"It's given us difficult ties, you have to say – every one of them a Premier League side, but we've acquitted ourselves ok in the previous two rounds, so we'll look forward to it and give it our best shot.

"It's another opportunity for other guys to come in and show what they can do.

"I'll make some changes clearly, but the group's strong. There's not too many who are unavailable at the moment, so I can change a number of positions and give guys who haven't had much opportunity an opportunity to show what they can do, so that's the intention."

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