By Richard Parks
Benik Afobe has revealed to the Times that it is his “dream” to play for Wolves in the Premier League as he gave the go-ahead to convert his loan into a permanent transfer.
The centre-forward joined the Midlands giants on loan from Bournemouth in the January window two years after quitting Molineux in a £10million transfer.
Afobe has made a big impression in his second spell at Wolves, securing their place at the Championship summit with four goals in the team’s last four matches.
The former Arsenal striker, 25, made it clear that he is happier in the Black Country than he was at the Cherries, where he was in and out of the side in the first half of the campaign.
“This is home to me,” he told the Times. “I know we’ve still got eight games to go, and those kind of calls are going to be between Bournemouth, Wolves, my agent and my family, but my dream has always been to play for Wolves in the Premier League. Hopefully that can happen.”
Football Insider verdict:
Afobe’s desire to convert his loan into a permanent deal is a welcome one for Wolves. He is a striker with the attributes to succeed in the Premier League and will be keen to show Eddie Howe why he was deserving of more game time than he was given at Bournemouth, where he was competing with Josh King, Callum Wilson and Jermain Defoe for a starting spot. Wolves have Leo Bonatini on the books, but he has not scored for 16 matches and is suffering a crisis of confidence after his brilliant start to his Molineux spell. Recruiting Afobe was a smart move, and his clear affinity with the club provides all the impetus needed to make it a full-time transfer when automatic promotion is secured.
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