Hasenhuttl wants striker to heed his warnings

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Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged Michael Obafemi to listen to his advice and outlined the importance of next season for the Saints striker.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged Michael Obafemi to listen to his advice and outlined the importance of next season for the Saints striker.

Obafemi had his professionalism questioned by Hasenhuttl in January and the Southampton boss says he hopes a change in the player’s habits could help him become more of a factor in the forthcoming campaign.

Speaking at a fans’ forum, the Austrian said: ‘Michael knows it is an important time now for him in his career because after two big injuries, if he doesn’t understand what it is about for his body – he has a special body – what it is about to live as a professional, to eat as a professional, to train, and prepare, and recover after training sessions.

‘If he doesn’t understand after these two big injuries that he has to change something, then I cannot help him anymore.

‘He has a very special body.

He is unbelievably quick, and that means he is like a Formula 1 racing car; he needs the best fuel, the best service, and from everybody, he needs the best, and then he can help you.

‘If we don’t treat him like that, it’s more in the garage than on the track.

And I like him on the track because then he can help us.’

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