Monday, 29 January 2018

If Afobe were to leave AFCB would be light up front

There has been fresh rumours about Benik Afobe not to Cardiff but perhaps Watford, according to Hertfordshire Mercury. While Benik has been falling down the pecking order at Bournemouth I suggest it is not an ideal window for him to be considering a move either for himself or AFCB, but it is perhaps worse for AFCB than Afobe if a late bid did come in.
Is Afobe looking to walk away from AFCB or will he last until the summer?
It is not that Benik has been in great form. Bournemouth simply don't have a of of strikers with Jermain Defoe out of action, Lewis Grabban expected to depart. Moreover, Josh King and Junior Stanislas are rarely available for more than three or four games at a time and Lys Mousset is really only just beginning to get used to the Premier League. There is in short a problem if Callum Wilson were to get injured, heaven forbid.

For Afobe I can see the attraction of a fresh start. He simply is not in the picture at Bournemouth for most of the time. But a move to a club like Watford would be a good new beginning for him and he would not have stepped down a league. Whether he would suit Watford any better than Bournemouth is the question he might have to consider carefully. Is a move for him to Watford dependent on Troy Deany getting a move out of the club?
AFCB would need to act fast of they did think Afobe was outbound. Finding a Premier League ready striker that would fit in well with the Cherries style with just a couple of days left in the window is not something that the Cherries would be keen on. They would have to pay top dollar and Howe probably considers it essential that they keep Afobe. Still, it could force them to try and enter the race for another young goalscorer that could possibly move like Moussa Dembele at Celtic or Ryan Sessegnon at Fulham.

But say a bid came in for £12m, some £2m more than what AFCB are thought to have payed for him. That would be very tempting come next summer, but right now it would present a problem. It will be intriguing to see if Cardiff City or Watford are really willing to start a bidding war for an out of form striker. 


  1. Unfortunately AFCB are light with Afobe he just hasnt followed up his early promise with any consistency of performance, not good enough i am afraid.

    1. The club will maximise what they get back on the investment in Afobe if he goes in this window. He's proved that he isn't good enough at this level so there is no point in keeping him here. If it's a matter of having suffcient bodies for cover then keep Grabban till the next window.

      With his very recent goal scoring record Grabban at least should retain a fair amount of value for the next window... it would also be another opportunity to show if he can do the business in this division after all! We certainly know Afobe can't.