Ex-Sheffield Wednesday defender Andy Hinchcliffe: Wolverhampton Wanderers will find it tough to hold onto Benik Afobe

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Andy Hinchcliffe questions for how long Wolverhampton Wanderers can hold onto former Arsenal prospect Benik Afobe.

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Andy Hinchcliffe has suggested on Sky Sports that Wolverhampton Wanderers will have a tough time holding onto Benik Afobe.

Afobe has been in superb form this season and has taken his game to a higher level since moving to Wolves on a permanent deal from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old scored 19 goals in all competitions for League One outfit Milton Keynes Dons in the first half of the season and has found the target 12 times for Wolves so far.

Hinchcliffe has been impressed with Afobe’s performances for the Wanderers, but he believes that the Championship outfit could find it tough to retain his services in the coming years if he continues to maintain his current form.

“In many ways, they (Wolves) overachieved by bringing in a player who scores as frequently as he does,” the 46-year-old said on Sky Sports’ FL72 Review show this week. “He is a live-wire when he is inside the penalty area…

“It’s just whether they can keep hold of him. When you score that many goals, you are bound to come to the attention of other clubs, maybe higher up the chain, so it’s whether they can keep him there over the next two or three years.”

It may seem ridiculous to suggest that Afobe could leave Wolves anytime soon, as he joined them only in January, but stranger things have happened.

Kenny Jackett’s side are fighting for a playoff spot in the Championship this season, but they could well just miss out.

If that happens, then it will mean that Wolves will have to remain in the second tier of English football for the 2015-16 campaign, which will make it tough for them in terms of retaining the services of Afobe.

Earlier this month, the former Arsenal prospect told The Birmingham Mail that he feels at home at Wolves, which means that he is not going to force through a move in the summer transfer window (click here to read more).

However, if Afobe continues to bang in the goals next season and top Premier League clubs come for him, then he could find it tough to resist the temptation to play in the English top flight.

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