Former Arsenal youngster now outright top goal scorer in England

Benik Afobe

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Benik Afobe found the net against Birmingham City.

Former Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe notched his 30th goal of the season during Wolves’ 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City, prompting him to become the country’s outright top scorer.

The 22-year-old began the campaign contracted to the Gunners but was sent on a season-long loan deal to League One promotion chasers MK Dons.

During his time in Milton Keynes, Afobe notched 19 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions, including two strikes during MK Dons’ famous 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United in the League Cup.

His impressive form led to strong interest during the January transfer window, and West Midands outfit Wolves opted to splash the cash in order to secure his services.

Dropping down to the Championship is becoming an increasingly sound option for top flight youngsters, especially considering the Gunners’ array of attacking talent and heavy competition in Afobe’s case.

The England U21 striker has begun life at Molineux in excellent fashion, scoring 11 Championship goals, with his latest being of some significance.

Whereas Wolves may have suffered a close defeat at rivals Birmingham, it was a big moment for Afobe as his strike took him past Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane as the leading goal scorer in England.

Moreover, it was his third goal in as many matches and his sixth over Wolves’ previous eight Championship encounters – a record as good as any in the country right now.

The defeat against the Blues leaves Kenny Jackett’s men in eighth spot, level on points with Ipswich Town in sixth and Brentford in seventh as the play-off race looks set to go down to the wire.

If Afobe can keep up his goal scoring form, there is every chance Wolves can claim a play-off place and for the striker, keep alive the dream of a Premier League reunion with the Gunners next season.

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