Another day and it’s a fresh striker link on the transfer window rumour mill for Aston Villa – this time young Republic of Ireland and Southampton attacker Michael Obafemi.
Having come through the ranks as an Academy graduate, the 20-year-old made his first team debut back in January 2018, and he’s now racked up 13 starts with 20 further showings from the substitutes bench (returning 5 goals in total) – he did spend a chunk of time out injured though or he would’ve undoubtedly played more.
The original link comes from The Sun, talks of a £10million fee and namechecks West Bromwich Albion as also having an interest in him.
The curiosity here is Ralph Hasenhuttl uses him regularly from the bench, and has spoken about how he wants to see the single capped youngster develop in the future, so it feels unlikely that they would sanction a sale and although I’ve been impressed with him watching on the telebox, whilst he offers a bit more of a goal threat than Keinan Davis, he doesn’t have the same sort of ‘target man’ attributes that Davis does – so I’m not sure it would actually be an improvement in reality.
As a signing for 12 months down the line and a backup option, yes, our interest would make sense then…but not as somebody to lead the line next year.
Would Obafemi Be A Decent Addition At £10m?
Errr maybe pass on this
— Maze (@MrMaze0) August 15, 2020
I would love to see him in a villa shirt
— Yusuf Yasser (@YusufYasser1) August 15, 2020
Do it! 🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮
— Where the Owl Sleeps: #FPL Podcast (Dan) (@WTOS_FPL) August 15, 2020
Worse than Keinan and Samatta, so no point
— Doing A Villa (@WeDoingAVilla) August 15, 2020
I disagree mate, he’s quality.
— Hazem Telib (@HazemTelib) August 15, 2020
People saying no but he’s like 20 and is actually decent.
— Ok (@GrealishAvfc) August 15, 2020
Good player but not what we need now
— avfcjames19 (@James74636443) August 15, 2020
If he’s not starting then that’s fine but I would love him as development
— Konsa 🐐 (@av_zach) August 15, 2020
Obafemi could be that striker. But only in addition to Watkins and the wingers. Obafemi’s decent and a good prospect but we need to show Jack and others that we are looking at moving up that table and fast.
— James (@jamesupnorth) August 16, 2020
This is an odd. Their coach likes him. Comes off the bench quite a lot. A 10 mill bid might get him. As a squad option he is decent. Definitely not a first choice.
— CJ2 (@CJ1874UTV) August 15, 2020
Be massive if true! we'd have another Irishman in our team!! Highly doubt it'll happen though. We're in bad need of a striker though.
— Amy Dunne 🥺🤩🥳💪🏼💜💙 (@amydunne_2001) August 15, 2020
Not what we need now
— Ian Bradshaw (@Ianbrad50) August 15, 2020
Yeah he's decent, he's like a young Akinfenwa!
— Harry (@BushHarry) August 16, 2020
The Irish Keinan Davis
— Kevin O'Sullivan 🦁 (@ClaretKev1980) August 16, 2020
I love Obefemi’s game. He isn’t leaps better than Davis and Samatta but is def leaps faster than both: I’d be for this move but there will still be a need for a main striker bec he won’t be the solution.
— Aston Villa Rise (@aston_rise) August 16, 2020
I would definitely take him onboard he’s scored a couple of goals and gets assists, I think he would be a great asset in the future!
— mark adams (@markada07622819) August 16, 2020
Would be a very good fit, Villa desperately short of pace in their front 3.
— Críostóir Ó Donnghaile (@donnghaile) August 15, 2020
— Cole Zee (@C0LE_Z) August 15, 2020