Can Arsenal striker fill the void left at Sheffield Wednesday?

Sheffield Wednesday - The Owls

Sheffield Wednesday have signed Benik Afobe on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.

Benik Afobe has left Arsenal on loan for the fifth time in his career. This time he has joined Stuart Gray's Sheffield Wednesday side in the Championship.

Wednesday had been looking to bring in a striker this month after Connor Wickham was recalled by Sunderland. Wickham scored eight goals in eleven starts for the club, which coincided with their rise from 24th to 19th in the table. Wickham remains Wednesday's top goalscorer but it is now hoped Afobe can add some firepower to the team.

Afobe's last loan spell was with Millwall in the Championship last season. He didn't manage to find the net in five appearances for The Lions and his loan spell was then cut short by a knee injury which kept him out for eight months. 

His first loan move remains his most prolific. He joined Huddersfield on loan in the 2010-2011 season and scored eight goals in 32 games in League One. He has also played for Reading and Bolton Wanderers in the second tier and scored three goals for the latter last season.

Afobe is highly rated by the Arsenal staff and will hope his loan spell at The Owls will aid his match fitness ans sharpness after missing eight months in 2013. Benik has represented England at youth level and even captained the Under-12 side at the junior World Cup in France in 2005. He currently has two caps and one goal for England Under-21's.

Sheffield Wednesday will need him to make an immediate impact. They have done extremely well under Stuart Gray and Wickham's goals massively helped them. Wickham aside though and Wednesday's strikers have struggled.

Afobe has the ability to be prolific - but injury has been hindering his development for the past 12 months.

But if he could blossom at Hillsborough - Wednesday fans will be asking 'Connor who?' soon enough

image: © Niki Odolphie

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