Monday Briefing: December 24th

By SFC Media time Mon 24 Dec Club

It's Christmas Eve, but it's also Monday, so we're bringing you your weekly catch-up on everything going on around Southampton Football Club...

Obafemi makes history

Michael Obafemi became Southampton’s youngest scorer in Premier League history, at 18 years and 169 days, by netting the third in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town.

Obafemi’s second-half strike, after coming on as a substitute, saw him break the record previously held by Dexter Blackstock, who was nine days older when he netted against Portsmouth November 2004.

"I’m just speechless, I’m happy that I could do it for such a great club and I’m thankful to everyone that has supported me since the beginning,” said Obafemi.

Back-to-back wins for first time in 20 months

The 3-1 victory at Huddersfield ended a long run for Southampton without successive Premier League wins.

Previously, you had to go back to April 2017 for the last time the club achieved that, with a 3-1 home success over Crystal Palace followed by a 1-0 triumph at West Bromwich.

A tally of six points from a possible six has lifted Saints up to 16th in the table, with a three-point cushion to the bottom three now existing.

Højbjerg to miss West Ham game

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s late yellow card at Huddersfield Town means he will be suspended for the home game with West Ham on December 27th.

The midfielder was booked for a challenge on Terence Kongolo in the 86th minute, bringing up a fifth caution that results in a one-match ban.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22:  Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg ahead of the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Southampton FC at John Smith's Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Højbjerg will be available again for the home clash with Manchester City, on December 30th.

Fleming joins Hasenhüttl’s staff

Ralph Hasenhüttl has a new man on his staff, with coach Craig Fleming having been promoted from the Academy on an initial basis until the end of the season.

Fleming, who had been working alongside Radhi Jaïdi in the Under-23s set-up, has moved into the role of First Team Assistant Coach.

The former Norwich defender initially joined Saints in 2015 as Lead Under-18s Coach and has been a key figure in the development of many of the club’s youngsters who have been recruited to the Under-18 and Under-23 squads, and also those who have progressed to those levels from a younger age within the academy development phases.

Tchaptchet signs first pro deal

Young Southampton defender Allan Tchaptchet celebrated his 17th birthday on Friday by signing his first professional contract.

The French centre-back has been a regular presence in the Under-18s team this season, producing a string of commanding performances for the youngsters, while he has also been involved with the Under-23 set-up on occasions and had taste of first-team training under the eye of Ralph Hasenhüttl.

Tchaptchet, who joined Saints in the summer from Sannois Saint-Gratien, having previously been at Auxerre, said: “This is my dream. I started football for that, and today is a great day for me.”


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