Former Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe wants to 'deliver' like Cristiano Ronaldo

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Wolves striker Benik Afobe, formerly of Arsenal, says he imagines he is under Cristiano Ronaldo-like pressure.

Benik Afobe is enjoying a dream season, even if he had to make the brave move to cut his ties with Arsenal.

The 22-year-old had graduated through their academy and was an England youth international before suffering a serious knee injury.

Last season he battled back but hopes of stardom were tempered by a loan spell at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday where he failed to score a goal.

He has since proved that to be a poor illustration of his talent, after scoring 24 times in 2014/15 so far.

Afobe netted 19 times in League One for MK Dons before being signed permanently by Wolves in January, and he has carried on where he left off, scoring five times in six starts.

The youngster says keeping his consistency up is his aim between now and the end of the season, and compares himself to the very best in the world in order to apply pressure, and try to deal with it.

He told Midland paper the Express and Star: "There is pressure, but look at Ronaldo – he scores every week.

“I have to imagine how world-class players feel. They have got the whole world watching them, yet they deliver in World Cup finals and Champions League finals.

“If they can keep consistent, then so can I because they are human beings just like myself."

Afobe's form may yet have further reward. Wolves are in eighth position, and are just five points of the play-offs. They have won six of their last 10 games and beat Rotherham 5-0 at the weekend.

Making the play-offs is going to be very competitive, let alone emerging through them as winners at Wembley, but with 14 regular season league games still to play for this season, there is a chance for Afobe to take his personal tally above 30 and attempt to earn a right to play Premier League football next season.

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