Wolves boss Jackett praises underappreciated area of Benik Afobe’s play

Kenny Jackett believes that there is more to Benik Afobe than a great goal record.

Speaking to the official Wolves website, Jackett has praised the build up play and team ethic of former Arsenal striker Afobe, having netted his 31st strike of the season on Saturday.

“He has made a big impact in the second half of the season and really helped us,” Jackett said of the 22-year-old forward. “He has brought other people into play and continued what has been a very good goalscoring record.

“For us he has been a regular starter and in terms of his build-up play, creating and scoring goals, he has really helped us over the second half of the season and progressed the team.”

It is true that Afobe has continued to be an extremely clinical finisher in front of goal, with 12 of his 31 goals this season coming since signing for Wolves in January. He has proven that he could step up to the Championship with ease, and Arsenal’s decision to sell the forward seems misguided at the least.

However, it is not just that impressive tally of 12 goals in 18 games that has been vital as Wolves look to fight for a play-off place with two games left, as the forward has also added four assists in that timeframe.

The front three of Afobe, Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko is arguably one of the best attacking units in the division, and it is the fault of a few defensive errors in a poor run of form that saw Jackett’s men fall out of contention for automatic promotion earlier this season.

Afobe’s short stay in the Championship will have done much to his reputation, and it would be no surprise to see a number of Premier League clubs come in with offers for him this summer. However, if Wolves can keep ahold of the hotshot forward, they should have no trouble challenging for a top flight place next term, with the youngster arguably one of the most all-round strikers in the entire Championship.

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