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Exclusive: Ex-Southampton star advises Michael Obafemi to join Swansea City on loan


Michael Obafemi joining Swansea City on loan this summer would be a “smart move”, according to former Southampton midfielder Carlton Palmer.

The 20-year-old forward saw little action last season due to injury. However, when fit, he was hardly Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first-choice No.9.

Obafemi came close to joining Swansea on loan earlier this year before surgery put a stop to things, reports HampshireLive, who claim that the Welsh club could now reignite their interest in the player.

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Too much of a gamble

Too much of a gamble

And if the opportunity does arise again, Palmer has urged Obafemi to jump at it. He told TIF:

“It’s a smart move. You need to play, you need to play. Look at all the players Fergie let out to go and play. You need to just get out and play.

“The experience you get, the knowledge you learn, is only by playing football. So staying at a big club, sitting on the bench, being in the reserves, it’s not the same as playing in the first team.

“You’ve seen that with Tammy Abraham. Look how he came on when he went to Aston Villa. Now he’s stagnating again because he’s not getting a game for Chelsea.”

It is certainly something for Obafemi to consider, especially with the potential arrival of another striker in Adam Armstrong.

According to The Telegraph, the Saints are leading the race for the Blackburn Rovers forward in a development that could force Obafemi’s hand.

All in all, a loan move to an outfit like Swansea, where he can get some regular game time, could do him a world of good.

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