BENIK LEADS THE HUNGRY WOLVES
WOLVES manager Kenny Jackett has told his Molineux youngsters to follow Benik Afobe’s lead as the striker continues his prolific start to life in the Championship.
Afobe has netted eight goals for in-form Wolves since his £2m move from Arsenal in January.
Those goals have propelled Jackett’s men right into the mix for a play-off spot as the Waltham Forest-born marksman has been causing Championship defences plenty of sleepless nights.
The 22-year-old was equally successful during a loan stint at League One MK Dons earlier this season, netting 19 times.
His time with the Dons was his sixth temporary spell away from the Gunners with the likes of Huddersfield, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday benefitting from his services.
And Jackett believes those experiences set the England U21 international on the path to success.
“Benik showed fantastic potential on loan at Millwall before he got injured and had to go back,” said the former Wat- ford, Swansea and Millwall boss. “But he has already made a good impact here.
“If you are a young striker and you go to a new club and you get off to that type of start, it should encourage you and give confidence. Eight goals in 14 games is a great return.
“There were a lot of games earlier in the season where we could keep things tight, very close and competitive.
“But, being one of the clubs that has a chance of promotion, you need to then be constructive and open teams up and Benik has helped us to do that.
“He has given us good options going forward and brings other people into play.
“There are a number of younger players here like him that have their best years ahead of them. We have to keep that hunger and desire.”
GOAL-DEN BOY: Wolves ace Benik Afobe, left, celebrates with Bakary Sako and, inset, Kenny Jackett