The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Ben Baker

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.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

GOAL-DEN BOY: Wolves ace Benik Afobe, left, cel­e­brates with Bakary Sako and, inset, Kenny Jack­ett

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