As per one of the latest reports by Birmingham Mail, Wolverhampton Wanderers are closely monitoring Bournemouth’s out-of-favour striker, Benik Afobe. Afobe has been terribly out of form this season and has also fallen down in the pecking order at the Cherries. Unsurprisingly, his days at the Vitality Stadium seem to be heavily numbered now.
Besides, the report states that the interest from Wolves has emerged after Eddie Howe’s side have made him available for £10million. Apart from Nuno Espírito Santo’s side, a number of clubs, including West Bromwich Albion who are struggling for goals and are themselves looking for a striker. Thus, it won’t be easy to lure him to the Molineux.
Under the tutelage of Espírito Santo, Wolverhampton Wanderers had a superb first-half in the Championship. They are flying high having picked up 62 points from 28 games and are arguably the favourites to clinch the English championship title. However, their recent endeavours have been far from their usual standards this season.
In their last three league outings, they have drawn two and lost one, with their latest game ending in a 0-2 home defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Now, the gap between them and second placed Derby County has reduced to 9 points. With the transfer window still wide open and considering that the second-half of the season is likely to throw more challenges, they must add some players to their squad.
The likes of Leo Bonatini and Ivan Cavaleiro have been able to inject the attacking venom but adding someone like Afobe to beef up their options up front would be a shrewd move. The 24-year-old, during his time with Wolves, had scored 22 goals in 46 league games, before joining the ranks of the Cherries.
Afobe is a strong centre-forward who holds the ball really well up front, which is really necessary in England. He is a decent goal-getter and is good in the air as well. One of the aspects that might deter Espírito Santo in his quest of signing the Congo international is his lack of form of late as he has managed to score no goals in 5 starts and 12 substitute appearances in the league.
He won’t necessarily be a long-term option as he has the reputation of going missing in the Premier League, which is much tougher than the Championship.
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