According to English newspaper, The Sun, Wolves are interested in the services of former Arsenal youth prodigy and current Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe. The reports further claim that the Cherries are willing to let him leave the club in January, with Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion also interested.
The 24-year-old striker has found life difficult in the Premier League, since moving to Bournemouth in January last year. The striker scored only four goals and followed it up with six goals last season for the Cherries.
The side from the south coast, have repeatedly opted for veteran striker Jermaine Defoe as their main forward in recent months. And with the Congolese International seemingly finding it difficult to get proper game time under Eddie Howe, a move back to the Championship could be on the horizon.
Championship side, Wolves’ interest in bringing back Benik Afobe to the squadron might be a smart move by the Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Afobe has donned the Wolves jersey from 2014 to 2016, during which he has scored an impressive 23 goals in just 46 matches. He was an important part of their 2014/15 campaign, where Afobe helped the Wolves finish seventh in the Championship table by scoring 13 goals.
The following season was a horror for the Wanderers, but the Congolese still managed to become their top scorer in the 2015/16 season as well with nine goals.
Currently, Espirito Santo’s men are flying high as the second placed team in the table and trailing league leaders Cardiff City only by a point. While Diego Jota has been their main source of influence, the lack of goals from the centre-forward position could hit them in the long run. Therefore, Benik Afobe could be an ideal solution for the Championship giants, as they aim to climb back to the English top flight.
Even though it’s unlikely that Afobe will want to drop down a league after climbing his way to the top, through sheer hard-work and patience, Afobe, might want to reconsider the offer, considering the fiery form of the Wolves in the second division.
The narrative of Benik Afobe becoming the number one forward for a team expected to get promoted in the Premier League next season could be a tantalizing prospect for the player himself.