Irish striker Michael Obafemi’s proposed move to Swansea City has failed after sustaining a “significant” muscle injury.
After falling into the pecking order in Southampton that season, it had looked like it was him shortly before joining the championship high-flyer.
But this move has now failed after he took something with him The Athletic have described as a “significant” muscle injury.
Obafemi has had a very frustrating campaign at St. Mary’s as he only made one substitute in the league.
With the Saints flying thanks to the excellent partnership between Danny Ings and Che Adams, not to mention their other options in Theo Walcott, Dan N’Lundulu and Irish compatriot Shane Long, he has no way of getting back into the competition this season fight back.
It’s a shame how it went for him as he made real promises last season.
He appeared as a regular first-team player when he played 21 league games and scored three goals.
That included a last-minute equalizer at Old Trafford as well as an excellent solo performance at Stamford Bridge, where he swept a nice, sweeping attempt past Kepa Arrizabalaga with his weaker left foot.
With Ireland going through a record no-scoring period, a move to Swansea seemed like an excellent opportunity for him to compete for World Cup qualifiers in March.
David McGoldrick’s resignation after the qualifying campaign ended has left a void in the Irish attack.
Although Aaron Connolly, who replaced him, scored for Brighton over the weekend, he hobbled injured at halftime as he was also having a frustrating season.
While Stephen Kenny voiced doubts about Obafemi’s ability to play solo up front, the Ireland boss has said that he would be open to contributing to the senior team.