The recent form of Benik Afobe has had much to do with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ recent charge towards the top six. The former Arsenal man has scored eight goals in 14 games for Wolves, with Kenny Jackett's men lying in eighth place, just two points outside the play-off places and in a hot run of form.
His goal against Sheffield Wednesday showed his class; lashing home a volley which went in off both posts, leaving the Owls keeper Keiren Westwood stranded
With his goal on Tuesday, Afobe briefly overtook Harry Kane as the top scoring player in the top four divisions with 27 (including the 19 goals in 30 games he got for MK Dons while on loan there).
Yet Afobe was overlooked for Gareth Southgate's England U21 squad and even though that team has been hit by the withdrawals of Saido Berahino and Patrick Bamford among others, Afobe still finds himself on the outside, with Cauley Woodrow of Fulham called up despite having only scored five times in his 30 appearances this campaign.
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Wolves fans might be disappointed that Afobe's fine form hasn't been recognised but some of the shrewder types know that the rest will do the former Arsenal man good - especially with seven games to come in a busy April.
If Wolves are to gatecrash the promotion party they must keep up this rich vein of form between now and the end of the season, and keeping Afobe among others fit is a priority - his goals and assists will be crucial as the season counts down to its final climax.