Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Backwards move for Afobe would be crazy

I was stunned to see the paper columns filled with talk about Benik Afobe, 24, being linked with a move back to Wolves, as the Daily Mail reports. It's not that Benik has been a sensation hit at Bournemouth, but it would seem a backward step and give the impression by the player that he didn't think he was able to play in the Premier League.
Is Afobe about to give up on his Premier League dream?
From Bournemouth's point of view I would understand that they would simply want a realistic price for the striker, if it helped the club to be able to keep more of their other players. Josh King, for example, has been linked with a move to Tottenham, according to the Daily Mirror. I don't think AFCB have any desire to sell Josh. Still, the Cherries can't continue to just keep bringing players in without moving a few out and the time has come for some trimming and redefining of the squad.

For Afobe, a move back to the Championship would be a tantamount to a recognition of his Bournemouth move having been a wrong move for him. I believe he could become very effective in the Premier League given time. Yet, with Jermain Defoe signing for the club, he perhaps feels that he would not get a good crack at making the starting 11. That could be hard enough on him to admit, and it would look a bit defeatist. Things are bound to be harder for him as well with Callum Wilson also coming back into play.

My only thoughts are that Benik Afobe may be feeling that going back to a club where he has had good times is the right move for him right now. For his career path though, a move back to the Championship would be a negative in my book.

I have no doubt that Afobe could be a 20-goal a season man in the Championship and for Wolves it would be good in that Afobe has now had some Premier League experience, but it will probably cost them more than what they sold him for to get him back. But the need for Afobe to jump ship, back to a Championship team would seem strange when he has the likes of WBA also interested. Perhaps Afobe would feel allergic to putting on a rival shirt to Wolves.

When Premier league strikers are being bought for astronomical sums of money though, how much can you really get for £10m? Afobe would be considered a cheap option at many of the top clubs. But put him in the Championship, where he might get 20 goals - that would put teams on the promotion trail, and while it would seem a crazy move for Afobe's career path, perhaps he would just enjoy playing more games next season.

In other news , a great start for Aaron Ramsdale as the England U19s get their first win at the European championships.

My latest HITC articles look at high spending Everton.
- Koeman should move for van Persie
- Everton should go for Hull's Polish winger


  1. How would it be a backward step joining the Wolves, it was a backward step joining Bournemouth in the first place, a club that cheated it's way out of the league and cheated the fair play rules.

    1. have a day off you small minded fool not even the biggest club in brum

    2. Wolves is not in Brum it is in the Black Country

    3. You sound a bit bitter mate, what's up?

  2. Benny is not good enough for the PL so a move to the championship suits him, there are plenty of strikers that score in championship but cant cut the PL get our money back and strengthen the defence.

  3. Westbrom is a team currently in premier league, yes, but for how long? And as a Wolves supporter I'd also like to underline that when the season kicks off we'll have a stronger team than Westbrom. The ambitions shown by the Wolves board are much higher than our little dwarf rival Westbrom.

  4. Why a backward step?? Wolves are a big Club on the up with Chinese billionaire's bankrolling the club. With Afobe back at the club I'm sure he will be back in the premiership hopefully next season. The cub are spending big money for example 18 million on Ruben Neves who is rated one of the best young midfielders in Europe.

  5. You can leave him on your subs bench for me.
    10m to play a handful of games.
    If he can't make afcb starting 11 then he obviously isn't good enough for the premier.