Irish teenager Michael Obafemi was thrilled with his Premier League debut for Southampton.
At 17, Obafemi is the youngest Irish player to feature in the Premier League, having seen action in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.
“I can’t stop here, this is just the start of what I hope is my career,” he said afterwards.
“I was nervous but the welcome from the supporters was brilliant and the senior guys told me to just relax and prove myself. I want to move on from here and keep working hard.
“I am very thankful to all the staff and club for helping to make this happen. I came in on Saturday thinking that I would be playing for the U18s. The manager stopped me and said that I would be training instead and would maybe be in the first-team squad; it was confirmed later on in the afternoon,” added Obafemi, who knows he scuffed his chance to score.
“When the chance came, I should have used my left foot but I hope I will get another opportunity to prove I can make it at this level.”