Afobe's hot streak aids Wolves' play-off bid

Molineux - Wolves - Billy Wright Stand

Seven goals for Wolves since his January move from Arsenal have kept Kenny Jackett's men in touch with the play-offs, but can Benik Afobe keep it going?

Although Wolves twice relinquished the lead in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Watford at Molineux, manager Jackett was pleased with the point that keeps his team just four points off the play-off places with 10 games left to make up the difference.

The 22-year-old Afobe slotted home the opening goal of the game on Saturday, for the seventh goal of his 10 games with Wolves and his 26th of the season, following a productive loan spell with MK Dons prior to Christmas. Afobe is now the leading goal scorer in all four divisions, and such a run of form cannot be ignored when the play-off race is as wide open as it is.

Just eight points separate the top eight clubs in the Sky Bet Championship table, with Wolves occupying that last place, but in a good position to exploit the inconsistency of the teams above, as the pressure grows in the run-in. Wolves also have Derby, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Ipswich on their upcoming fixture list, so are sure to have an influence on the battle for the top six places.

But it is the form of much-travelled loanee Afobe that Wolves fans are talking about, and after largely unsuccessful loan spells for Yannick Sagbo and Danny Graham this season, Jackett showed patience in ensuring he got the right man.

Jackett had Afobe on loan at Millwall previously in 2013, a spell cut short by a cruciate ligament injury, but his red hot form at Molineux is a product of Jackett pouncing at the right time, as he told the Express & Star on Saturday: “We were waiting and watching to see how he got over the injury, so I do feel we stepped in at the right time with Benik and hopefully now he can go from strength to strength.”

A season of consistent goal scoring suggests that Afobe will continue to hit the back of the net, and it is possible he could make all the difference as the play-off places remain up for grabs.

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